HATTIESBURG -- Two
state economic development leaders will highlight the regional focus
of the speakers' list for the New South Economic Development course
at the Grand Casino in Gulfport on Sept. 26-30.
Leland Speed, executive director of the Mississippi
Development Authority, will deliver the keynote address. Mike Olivier,
Louisiana Economic Development director, will lead a panel discussion
on regional collaboration, following the course's theme, "Strategies
and Approaches to Collaboration in a Competitive Environment."
The NSEDC, sponsored by Mississippi Power Company
and The University of Southern Mississippi, is an intensive training
session for economic development professionals that features both
classroom learning and hands-on case study experience.
A native of Jackson, Speed received a bachelor's degree
in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology
and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He currently serves
as chairman of Downtown Jackson Partners and is past chairman of
the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce.
Olivier served more than 17 years as the executive
director and chief executive of the Harrison County Development
Commission in the casino and industrial region of the Mississippi
Gulf Coast before returning to his home state of Louisiana. In 2002,
Southern Business and Development Magazine named him one of the
top 10 economic developers of the decade.
"Our speakers and participants come from all
over the Southeast, from Louisiana to Georgia," said Charlotte
Batson, course coordinator. "Having two state economic development
leaders on the program will enable our participants to expand their
perspectives beyond their home states to encompass the entire region."
The NSEDC is accredited by the International Economic
Development Council, the largest membership organization serving
the economic development profession. The IEDC's mission is to provide
leadership and excellence in economic development and to build strong
The NSEDC is equivalent to the IEDC's Introduction
to Economic Development course and may be applied toward requirements
to sit for the certified economic developer exam. Registrants who
complete the course qualify for admission to the Economic Development
Institute and to the IEDC Professional Development Series.
The NSEDC's instruction will be of benefit to planners,
real estate developers, elected officials, utility and transportation
personnel and business leaders interested in improving their communities
and states, in addition to full- and part-time economic and community
The fee for participating in the NSEDC is $600 for
noncredit or $600 plus tuition for academic credit. For more detailed
registration information, call (601) 266-6067 or (601) 266-5515.
The NSEDC is coordinated by The University of Southern
Mississippi's Center for Community and Economic Development.