Posted by steveazar on March 31, 2014

by Ted Carter

Published: March 28,2014

Leaders from across the state are showing great confidence in the direction Mississippi is moving and in the ability to improve its economic competitiveness, the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) says in reporting on a survey done during the MEC’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour,.

Business and community leaders rate Mississippi as a newly emerging growth state, higher than any other category, the survey found.

Details from the survey will be among the highlights of the MEC’s Annual Report which will be presented at the organization’s 65th annual meeting April 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex. The meeting’s first session begins at 9 a.m.

Lunch speaker will be Gov. Phil Bryant followed by keynote speaker Peter Sims, an author, consultant and entrepreneur focused on the Creative Economy.

Sims’ consulting firm, BLK SHP Enterprises, helps organizations frame, synthesize and solve complex problems, according to promotional material provided by the MEC, the state’s Chamber of Commerce. Sims is also a best-selling author. His latest book is “Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries.”

The entertainment portion of the annual meeting’s luncheon will be provided by Delta musician Steve Azar, a country blues and rock music songwriter, performer and producer. With albums that include “Waitin’ On Joe” and “Slide on Over,” Azar joined rock legend Bob Seger for 46 shows in a 2007 tour rated the Number One Tour in America by Pollstar magazine.

The Nissan Gospel Choir will also perform during the luncheon.

The luncheon session also will include Chairman Haley Fisackerly’s handing of the 2014-15 MEC chairmanship to Alveno Castilla of Butler Snow.

The luncheon will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

The first morning session is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at which a group of entrepreneurs from across the state will address the impact of entrepreneurship on Mississippi’s economy.

Peter Sims will lead a session from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. on entrepreneurship and its economic effect.

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