Month: February 2020

U.S. Chamber, MEC Report Highlights Success of Early Learning Collaborative, Potential for Enhancing Early Childhood Education in Mississippi

From Left: Panel Moderator Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith, US Dept. of Labor; MEC CEO Scott Waller; and Dr. Lina Southward, Children’s Foundation of MS The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today released a report examining the impact of childcare issues on Mississippi’s state economy. The report is part of a broader “Untapped Potential” study of four …

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Vertex Aerospace Awarded $150M NASA Contract

Vertex Aerospace has been awarded a $150M NASA contract for aircraft operations support at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in Edwards, California. The five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, mixed contract consists of both firm-fixed price and cost-plus elements. NASA selected the incumbent aerospace defense company to provide maintenance and modification support, as well as flight line operations, …

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ST Engineering Halter Marine and Offshore Creating 100 Jobs, Investing $10 Million in Pascagoula

Ship maintenance and repair company ST Engineering Halter Marine and Offshore, Inc., is expanding in Pascagoula. The project is a $10 million corporate investment and will create 100 jobs. “The shipbuilding and repair industry is a powerhouse on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, generating billions of dollars for the state’s economy and providing skilled jobs for …

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Milwaukee Tool Creating 100 Jobs in Olive Branch at Third Distribution Center

Milwaukee Tool is locating a third distribution center in Olive Branch to meet a need for increased distribution capacity. The project is an $8.7 million corporate investment and has created nearly 100 jobs over the last year in preparation for the distribution center’s opening this spring. “Milwaukee Tool is a long-valued member of our state’s …

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National Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute to Host Spotlight on Diabetes, Obesity & Health

The National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute (NDORI), in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute, will host the VJ Canizaro, MD, Health Summit on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Tradition Medical City at William Carey University – Scianna Hall in Biloxi. This Summit will cover topics such as neuronal regulation of appetite …

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Leadership Mississippi Announces Class of 2020

Forty-eight standout Mississippians have been selected for the 2020 Class of MEC’s Leadership Mississippi. Leadership Mississippi is an annual program of the Mississippi Economic Council conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation. Participants, selected by a committee of MEC’s Leadership Mississippi Alumni, work together in a training program that combines individual study, group sessions and project …

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Bryce Yelverton

Bryce Yelverton Consultant Yelverton Consulting   Bryce Yelverton, a native of Clinton MS, works as a government relations and business consultant with Yelverton Consulting. Along with his father Joel, Bryce represents local, state, and national clients. Bryce also serves as the Executive Director of the MS Ports Council. Before entering the world of government consulting, …

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LaShetta Wilder

LaShetta Wilder Bureau Director II of Re-entry and Pre-Release Services MS Dept. of Corrections   LaShetta Wilder has worked 12 years at the MDOC. She has worked as Correctional Services Aide II, Vocational Counselor, and Vocational Education Director. She is currently the Statewide Director of Re-entry and Pre-Release Services for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. …

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Luke West

Luke WestCEO ReliasHealthcare Luke West serves as Relias Healthcare’s Chief Executive Officer overseeing the company’s daily operations along with its strategic growth. Relias Healthcare is a multi-state healthcare solutions company that provides hospitals a wide portfolio of management and staffing solutions within the acute care setting of both tertiary referral centers and rural community hospitals. …

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Ryan Warner

Ryan Warner Senior Facility Engineer Aerojet Rocketdyne   Ryan Warner is husband to Andrea Warner for 12 years, father of Aiden (5) and Eli (3). He Moved to Diamondhead, MS in 2009. Born and raised in Endicott, New York, Ryan joined the United States Navy in 2006. He is currently serving as an active reservist …

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