- The University of Southern Miss Center for Community and Economic
Development (CCED) has announced the hiring of Mark Goodman as director.
nine years of experience in applied economic development to the
position. Prior to assuming his new role at the center, he was director
of the undergraduate Community Planning and Development (CPD) program
at Southern Miss.
provides us with a perfect balance of practitioner's experience
and researcher's expertise," said Dr. Angeline Dvorak, vice
president for Research and Economic Development at Southern Miss.
will continue to grow and enhance its role as a clearinghouse and
resource for economic development professionals, communities, elected
officials and other stakeholders."
over the CCED at an exciting time. The center is in the process
of strengthening its mission of providing decision-making support
to the public and private economic development entities it serves.
in a unique position to be considered a staff member to each of
these economic development entities," Goodman said.
economic developers spend a great deal of their time recruiting
new companies, helping them get off the ground and retaining them.
They rarely have the time and resources needed to conduct the background
analysis needed for strategic planning.
the center is going to be able to do is provide that basic, applied
information, to allow them to make more informed decisions,"
goal of the CCED is to expand its focus from the local to the national
level, while still serving the core local economic development groups
to transition to a national perspective," said Dr. Ken Malone,
chair of the Department of Economic Development at Southern Miss.
"There really is a very strong opportunity for the center to
of Goodman's priorities as CCED director will be to draw together
the many different outreach programs Southern Miss makes available
to businesses, and to most efficiently utilize their resources.
holds a master's in economic development from Southern Miss, as
well as the International Economic Development Council's "Certified
Economic Developer" (CEcD) designation, will be well served
in his efforts by a diverse background in the field of economic
development. His career began with three years working for Lamar
County in the area of economic impact and retail analysis.
had just annexed into Lamar County and Turtle Creek Mall was really
taking off, so it was a target rich environment," Goodman said.
took a job with the State Department of Economic Development, which
later became the Mississippi Development Authority. There, he was
a project manager with the Small Business Assistance Division. After
that, Goodman came back to Lamar County to work as a commercial
retail developer. After working with Lamar County for nearly a year
and a half, he took the position in Southern Miss' CPD program.
in 1989, the Center for Community and Economic Development at Southern
Miss is a university center program of the Economic Development
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The center serves as
a building block for a university-wide focus on economic development
service and research which contributes to job generation and income
growth for the state of Mississippi.
Graduate Assistant Mark Brickey contributed to this release.