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.
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
Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Columbus – 100 Attendees
Thursday, Nov. 21 – West Point – 80 Attendees
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
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
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
Pathway to Progress Tour Photos