CDF’s Smith elected VP of state organization
TUPELO – Barbara Smith, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce division of the Community Development Foundation, was elected vice president of chamber development by the membership of the Mississippi Economic Development Council at its recent meeting in Biloxi. It will be her third term in this position.
Since she has served in this position, MEDC has started its regional chamber workshops in Mississippi, the last of which was held in Tupelo.
Smith has worked in the community development and chamber of commerce field for 36 years. She joined CDF in 1983 and served as manager of corporate affairs before being named Chamber division vice president in 2001. She also was secretary/manager of the Indianola Chamber of Commerce for eight years.
Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management.
Free workshops given at Renasant Center
TUPELO – The Renasant Center for IDEAs regional business incubator has several free small business workshops available this month:
• Tuesday, at 1 p.m. – First steps
• Aug. 26, at 6 pm. – How to write a business plan
• Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. – First steps
For more information or to register for the workshops, call (662) 823-4332.
UM Chancellor Jones speaks at PCDA banquet
BOONEVILLE – Dr. Daniel W. Jones, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, will be the keynote speaker at the 34th annual Prentiss County Development Association Banquet on Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. The banquet will be held in the Frank Haney Union on the campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Jones is the 16th chancellor of Ole Miss. Before his appointment on July 1, 2009, he was vice chancellor for health affairs, dean of the School of Medicine and Herbert G. Langford Professor of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was the institution's chief executive officer for six years overseeing the five schools and the health system.
Leon N. Hays, executive director of PCDA, said that the recipient of the sixth annual Doug “Moose” Mansell Award will also be named at the banquet.
Tickets for the banquet are on sale and can be purchased from any PCDA board member or by contacting the PCDA office at (662) 728-3505.