Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Key Leaders From Around The State To Direct Mississippi’s Long-Range Plan For Job Creation

(Jackson, Miss.) – Governor Haley Barbour today announced the members of Momentum Mississippi at the group’s first-ever meeting. The new organization was created to help formulate a long-range economic development plan for the state. Anthony Topazi, President of Mississippi Power Company, will lead the broad-based group that has members from every region of the state. The group met today in Jackson to begin work on recommendations.

“I am proud of the leaders who have agreed to begin working on this committee. They have great expertise and experience and will provide good counsel for an effective economic development strategy,” said Governor Barbour. “This influential group can help build the partnerships necessary to create more and better jobs in Mississippi.”

The Momentum Mississippi team will be comprised of a Special Task Force and several regional and issue committees.

The group will start with Blueprint Mississippi’s recommendations, crafted by state business and higher education leaders and the Mississippi Economic Council. Momentum Mississippi immediately fulfills one of the recommendations of Blueprint Mississippi – the implementation of the Statewide Economic Development Planning Act of 1987. The Act calls for a strategic, statewide approach to economic development that is systematically reviewed and updated. Momentum Mississippi will also draw on other reports such as the McCoy Working Group plan – developed by university and community colleges earlier this year.

Governor Barbour said that Momentum Mississippi’s initial recommendations will be included as part of his 2005 legislative agenda. “It should be no surprise that Momentum Mississippi will be a top priority for this Administration. Job creation is our state's most urgent need,” said Governor Barbour. “With innovative ideas from the private and public sector, this economic development strategy will help Mississippi become a major player in the global marketplace,” he added. “Our focus will not be on just another report, our focus will be on results – results measured in more and better jobs in Mississippi.”

The Special Task Force for Economic Development Planning, the statutory authority for Momentum Mississippi, is made up of the following appointments with terms concurrent with the Governor’s. They are as follows:

Special Task Force
Anthony Topazi of Gulfport Business
Momentum Mississippi Chairman  
President of Mississippi Power Company  
Robert Khayat of University Public Universities
Chancellor of the University of Mississippi  
Clyde Muse of Raymond Junior Colleges
President of Hinds Community College  
Pete Johnson of Clarksdale Federal Agencies
Co-Chairman of DRA  
Admiral Tom Donaldson of Bay St. Louis Federal Agencies
Director of John C. Stennis Space Center  
Aubrey Patterson of Tupelo Business
Chairman/CEO of Bancorp South  
Carolyn Shanks of Jackson Business
President/CEO Entergy  
Warren Hood Jr. of Hattiesburg Business
COB/CEO of Hood Industries, Inc.  
Tommy Wallace of Columbia Business
Wallace Construction  
Jerry St. Pe of Pascagoula Business
Bill Lampton of Magnolia Business
Ergon, Inc.  
Jon A. Reeves of Southaven Business
Reeves Williams Builders  
Ely Mitchell of Rienzi Mississippi Association of Supervisors
Jeffrey Rupp of Columbus Mississippi Municipal Association
Mayor of Columbus  
Clarke Holmes of Jackson Mississippi Association of Planning and Development Districts
Executive Director of Central Mississippi Planning and Development District  
Wade Jones MEDC
President of EMBD  
Blake Wilson MEC
Director of MEC  
Henry Johnson Education
State Superintendent of Education  
Tate Reeves Treasury
State Treasurer  
Brian Ami Ex officio State Board of Health
Butch Brown Transportation
Executive Director MDOT  
Charlie Williams of Senatobia Governorís Special Assistant for Economic Development
Chief of Staff to the Governor  
Leland Speed Mississippi Development Authority
Director MDA  

Momentum Mississippi Board members are as follows:

First Name
Last Name
Rep. Brian Aldridge Lee House of Representatives
Mr. Jimmy Alexander Lauderdale A & B Electric Company, Inc.
Mr. Reuben Anderson Hinds Former Supreme Court Justice, Phelps Dunbar
Mr. Roy Anderson III Harrison Roy Anderson Corp.
Mr. Ronald Anderson Madison Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co
Mr. Nick Ardillo Lowndes Golden Triangle Airport
Mr. Jim Barksdale Hinds Founder of Netscape
Mr. Jim Bennett Alcorn Bennett Yacht Sales
Mr. Jai Bhagat Madison Air2Lan
Rev. James Black Harrison Broadcaster
Ms. Carolyn Boteler Rankin TempStaff, Inc.
Mr. Dave Boyer Madison Plant Manager, Nissan
Ms. Allegra Brigham Lowndes 4-County Electric Power Association
Dr. Clinton Bristow Jefferson President, Alcorn State University
Mr. Rick Calhoon Hinds Pruet Companies LLC
Mr. Fred Carl Leflore CEO, Viking Range
Mr. N.L. Carson Leake N.L. Carson Construction Company, LLC
Sen Mike Chaney Warren State Senator
Mr. Hollis Cheek Attala J.C. Cheek Sod and Erosion Contractor
Mr. Larry Clark Monroe Car Dealer
Mr. David Cole Itawamba President, Itawamba Community College
Mr. Jim Compton Jones Utility SMEPA
Dr. Wally Conerly Hinds Retired UMMC
Ms. Toni Cooley Hinds Systems Consultants Associates, Inc.
Mr. Scott Coopwood Bolivar Publisher, Delta Business Journal
Mr. Jeff Dahl Harrison General Manager, Beau Rivage
Mr. Dave Dennis Harrison Specialty Contractors and Associates, Inc.
Mr. Bobby Dews Forrest Dews Foundry
Admiral Tom Donaldson Hancock NASA Commander
Dr. Philip Dur Jackson Northrop Gruman
Mr. Jabari Edwards Lowndes Financial Services
Dr. James M. Evans Forrest Mississippi Polymer Institute
Mr. Donald Evans Harrison Longshoremen Union
Mr. Bill Farmer Hinds Time Warner
Mr. Hassell Franklin Chickasaw Franklin Furniture
Mr. Bill Freeman Newton Newton County Bank
Mr. Al Gilless Desoto Al Gilless Development
Mr. Dan Grafton Madison L-3 Vertex Aerospace, LLC
Mr. Jimmy Graham Lowndes Graham Roofing CO
Rep Phillip Gunn Hinds House of Representatives
Mr. Toxey Haas Clay Mossy Oak
Mr. Carl Hagstrom Forrest Hybrid Plastics
Mayor Shirley Hall Rankin Mayor of Richland
Mr. Asa Hardison Lawrence Georgia Pacific
Dr. Charles Harrison Pontotoc Retired University of Mississippi
Mr. Jimmy Heidel Warren Economic Development
Mr. Richard Hickson Hinds Trustmark
Dr. John Hilpert Sunflower President, Delta State University
Mr. Tim Hinkley Harrison Isle of Capri
Dr. Beverly Hogan Hinds President, Tougaloo
Mr. Charles Holder Jasper Holmac Enterprises
Mr. Clarke Holmes Madison CPDD
Mr. Larry Homan Itawamba Homan Industries
Mr. Warren Hood Jr. Forrest Hood Industries
Mr. Bill Hudson, Jr. Lamar Hudson Salvage
Mr. Bubba Hudspeth Winston Entrepreneur
Mr. Pete Johnson Coahoma Delta Regional Authority
Mr. Seymour Johnson Sunflower Farmer
Mr. Clifton Johnson Tunica County Administrator
Mr. Stephen Johnston Hinds Smart Synch
Dr. Dan Jones Copiah UMMC Vice-Chair
Mr. Booker T. Jones Hinds MINACT, Inc.
Mr. Wade Jones Lauderdale East Mississippi Business Development
Mr. John Junkin Adams Lawyer
Dr. Robert Khayat Lafayette Chancellor, University of Mississippi
Mr. Wayne King Hinds Canadian National Railroad
Dr. Luke Lampton Pike Medical Doctor
Mr. Bill Lampton Rankin Ergon
Mr. Joe Lee Grenada Publisher, The Daily Star
Dr. Charles Lee Oktibbeha President, Mississippi State University
Dr. Claudia Limbert Lowndes President, Mississippi University for Women
Senator Travis Little Alcorn State Senate
Dr. Willis Lott Harrison President, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Chief Phillip Martin Neshoba Chief of Choctaw Tribe
Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr. Hinds President, Jackson State University
Mr. Glenn McCullough Lee TVA
Mr. John McCullouch Madison BellSouth
Mr. Lamar McDonald Lauderdale Meyer and Rosenbaum, Inc.
Dr. Joe McGilberry Oktibbeha MSU Extension Service
Mr. Hu Meena Hinds Cellular South
Mr. Ely Mitchell Alcorn Alcorn County Supervisor
Mr. Manny Mitchell Lauderdale Mitchell Distributing
Mr. Bob Mixon Forrest Courtesy Ford
Mr. Chip Morgan Washington Delta Council
Mr. Clyde Muse Hinds President, Hinds Community College
Ms. Becky Nelms Currie Lincoln Healthcare/Nurse
Dr. Lester Newman Leflore Mississippi Valley State University
Ms. Pat Nichols Harrison Plant Manager, Dupont
Mr. David Oreck Hancock Oreck Vacuum Cleaners
Mr. John Osborne Tunica Gaming
Mr. John Palmer Hinds Ambassador to Portugal
Mr. Aubrey Patterson Lee Bancorp South
Mr. Tommy Peaster Yazoo Chairman of the Board, BankPlus
Mr. John Phillips Yazoo Farmer
Mr. John Polk Jeff Davis Polk Meats
Ms. Clara Reed Humphreys Mid-Delta Home Health and Hospice
Mr. Jack Reed, Jr. Lee Retailer
Mr. Jon Reeves Desoto Reeves Williams Builders
Mr. Steve Renfrow Jackson ChevronTexaco
Mr. Chuck Roberts Desoto Chuck Roberts Commercial Real Estate
Senator Tommy Robertson Jackson State Senate
Mr. Tom Robertson Sunflower Catfish Farmer
Dr. Bob Robinson Tishomingo Economic Developer
Ms. Betsy Rowell Forrest Forrest General
Mr. David Rumbarger Lee President of Community Development Foundation
Mr. Jeffrey Rupp Lowndes Mayor of Columbus
Mr. Mike Sanders Bolivar Jimmy Sanders Seed Company
Mr. Joe Sanderson Jones Sanderson Farms
Mr. George Schloegel Harrison Hancock Bank
Mr. Peyton Self Quitman Farmer
Ms. Carolyn Shanks Madison CEO, Entergy
Dr. Aaron Shirley Hinds Jackson State University
Mr. C. D. Smith Lauderdale Regional Manager, BellSouth
Honorable John Robert Smith Lauderdale Mayor of Meridian
Mr. Jerry St.Pe Jackson Gaming Commission
Mr. John Stupka Madison Consultant
Mr. Andy Taggart Madison Mississippi Technology Alliance
Dr. Shelby Thames Forrest President, USM
Mr. Joel Thoms Perry Forrest Products
Mr. Anthony Topazi Harrison CEO, Mississippi Power
Mr. Dennis Tosh Lafayette FNC
Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck Hinds Lt. Governor
Mr. David Waide Clay Farmer
Mr. Tommy Wallace Marion T.L. Wallace Construction
Mr. Hal Walters Hancock Port and Harbor Commission
Ms. Jill Walters Stone Supervisor
Mr. Nick Walters Stone State Director, Rural Development
Rep. Percy Watson Forrest House of Representatives
Ms. Marcia Wells Simpson McCarty Enterprises, LLC
Honorable Phillip West Adams Mayor of Natchez
Mr. Blake Wilson Hinds President, MEC
Mr. Bill Yates Neshoba Yates Construction
Dr. Bennett York Lamar Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic


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