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Area Partners Chosen to Coordinate Innovation-Led Economic Development Activities in the Mississippi Delta

By September 10, 2008General
The Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) recently designated a coalition of education and economic development institutions to be the Regional Innovation Coordinator for the Mississippi Delta.  The partnership is led by the Delta State University College of Business.
Each region applying for funding was required to establish partnerships with regional organizations to assist in the implementation of Innovation-Led Economic Development (ILED).  The DSU College of Business is working with four other institutions in a regional partnership to work with MTA to implement ILED activities in the region.  The other Delta area partners include:  the Delta Citizens’ Alliance, Delta Council, Delta Economic Development Center of Washington County, and Mississippi Valley State University.

“While these partners will take the lead in organizing programming across the region, our intent is to work with every community and every economic development agency in our area to best serve the needs of the Mississippi Delta” said Dr. Paul Starkey, Chair of Entrepreneurship in Business Technology with the DSU College of Business and the coordinator of this project.

The contract was awarded for the regional partnership’s demonstrated willingness and capability to lead programs designed to discover innovation commercialization opportunities, identify and develop high-growth entrepreneurial ventures and increase access to investment capital as part of an ongoing economic development strategy. 

Ed Johnson, CEO of the Delta Economic Development Center of Washington County, stated “We are very excited that the Mississippi Technology Alliance has selected this partnership to promote innovation in the Mississippi Delta.  This partnership is strongly aligned with our goal of being part of a regional economic development effort.”