Growing Mississippi’s Competitive Edge Focus of MEC Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour

19-City Road Show Continues In February 


Education, industry and transportation have been the major talking points as MEC’s 19-city Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour has gotten off to a fast start.

The Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour continues in February with stops in Picayune, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Meridian and Gautier and Laurel. 

The Tour kicked off in the Golden Triangle with stops in Columbus and West Point in November and in Southaven, Cleveland, Greenville, Jackson and Vicksburg in December.

Throughout the tour, attendees were informed about Mississippi’s progress and were polled throughout the session on topics such as industry, education, transportation and economic growth.

Education has been a hot topic, with voters naming it their top priority among Blueprint Goals. Transportation Infrastructure was rated highly, with 87% of attendees ranking it as very important to economic development, with West Point voters ranking it at a Tour-high 92.45%. The majority of voters on the tour had a positive outlook for Mississippi’s future, with 60% voting that it would be a hot economic development location 10 years from now.

The MEC Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour will continue its 19 city tour across Mississippi and focus on ways Mississippi can sharpen its competitive edge by implementing the goals and recommendations of Blueprint Mississippi. The sessions will be 90 minutes long and include lunch or breakfast. There is no cost to attend thanks to a generous sponsorship from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. The event is open to the public, however, pre-registration is required.

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Mississippi can achieve top-tier ranking among Blueprint states by focusing on the following areas:

  • Workforce Preparedness: Early Childhood through Lifelong Education
  • Economic Climate: Growing GSP, Employment and Personal Income
  • Creative Economy: Harnessing Creativity as an Economic Driver
  • Health Care: Improving Accessibility and Quality Rankings
  • Infrastructure: Goals for Competitive Development
  • Sustain Progress: Common Goals for Business, Community and Government

There are five meetings scheduled in December, seven meetings in January and five meetings in February. 



Complete Schedule of MEC’s Pathway to Progress Tour

November 2013


Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Columbus – 100 Attendees

Thursday, Nov. 21 – West Point – 80 Attendees


December 2013

Thursday, Dec. 5 – Southaven – 80 Attendees

Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Cleveland – 55 Attendees

Thursday, Dec. 12 – Greenville – 145 Attendees

Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Jackson – 165 Attendees

Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Vicksburg – 95 Attendees


January 2014

Thursday, Jan. 16 – Corinth – 125 Attendees

Friday, Jan. 17 – Ripley – 52 Attendees

Friday, Jan. 17 – Tupelo – 170 Attendees

Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Natchez – 100 Attendees

Thursday, Jan. 23 – Brookhaven – 110 Attendees

Friday, Jan. 24 – Hattiesburg – 120 Attendees


February 2014

Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Picayune – 41 Attendees

Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Bay St. Louis – 75 Attendees

Thursday, Feb. 20 – Gulfport – 149 Attendees

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Meridian – 70 Attendees

Thursday, Feb. 27 – Gautier – 72 Attendees

Tuesday, Mar. 4 – Laurel – 74 Attendees


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