February 20, 2018  

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Catching Up With

Ross Walton

In his work at the USM Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, Ross Walton is preserving and sharing Mississippi’s story through the voices of its people.

Gulf Park campus instructor has seen amazing growth and success from Thanksgiving adoption program.

A former federal law enforcement officer, Lt. Patrick Williams likes the cozy and friendly atmosphere that prevails on USM's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Perspective

Mississippi legislators believe in public higher education in Mississippi. They believe in our mission and support our work. We all know the very difficult decisions they have had to make with limited state revenue and competing priorities. Limited state revenue impacts all state agencies and the services they are able to provide to Mississippi citizens.

Economic development is a team sport. It takes lots of partners pulling together and bringing all resources to bear to land the projects that will bring dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of jobs to our state. Mississippi Public Universities are key partners in these efforts.

The Mississippi Development Authority, the economic and community development agency for the state, has identified eight target industries that are an excellent fit for Mississippi’s assets, human and natural resources, and business climate. These are the industries on which to focus our efforts to recruit, retain and grow.