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Reshoring Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in MS: Enhancing Skills & Building Competitiveness   

February 2, 2017

Jackson, Mississippi – The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) announced that Reshoring Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in MS: Enhancing Skills & Building Competitiveness won the 2016 Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) on February 2, 2017.

The CEDA program is a “Best Practices” program intended to recognize exceptional contributions of communities in the State of Mississippi for the following efforts: business retention & expansion, business recruitment, community development and community involvement.

Mississippi State University submitted a competitive proposal in May, 2013, entitled “Reshoring Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in Mississippi: Enhancing Skills and Building Competitiveness” supporting the Make it in America program and was subsequently awarded a grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. This was one of four grants from Federal Agencies, which also included grants from Delta Regional Authority, Employment Training Administration of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, & NIST MEP. The project had a 3 year Contract Period of Sept. 25, 2013 – Sept. 24, 2016, focusing on all 82 Mississippi counties. CAVS Extension was in the lead for the project, with the following Partners: Franklin Furniture Institute, nSPARC, InnovateMEP Mississippi, Reshoring Initiative, Mississippi Development Authority, South Delta PDD, Three Rivers PDD, and four Community Colleges: Itawamba; East Mississippi; Holmes Community; & Mississippi Delta.

The project team worked with Mississippi manufacturers to Reshore Work and Jobs back to the U.S. from other countries and to prevent Offshoring of Work and Jobs. Key Activities included: 14 EDA Listening Sessions; 94 Tiger Team projects, 12 Technical Assistance projects, 3 Annual Summits and a Skills Training Program with Internships.

Key Impacts from the project included:

1.       33 Direct Investment Opportunities Identified

2.       333 Jobs Created or Saved

3.       $42,494,600 Private Investment Leveraged

4.       $10,600,320 Economic Impact

5.       262 Industry Certifications

6.       221 Paid Internships in high demand advanced manufacturing skills


To learn more about Reshoring Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in MS: Enhancing Skills & Building Competitiveness, please contact:              

Dr. Clay Walden, Director, MSU CAVS Extension
153 Mississippi Parkway
Canton, MS 39046
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Phone: (601) 407-2713

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