HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Local business and community leaders gathered Tuesday for the 2011 MEC Blueprint Mississippi Road Show.
Blue Print Mississippi, is a statewide initiative to create a strategic plan, which will help Mississippi move forward with educational achievements, resource management, economic competitiveness and technology commercialization.
The Road Show is a $1.25 million dollar research project, which is totally funded by the private sector.
Blueprint Mississippi, travels to 20 communities within the state, asking for feedback from citizens through an electronic voting process on the issues they feel will impact Mississippi's future.
Blake Wilson, MEC Executive Director said, "we are going to use that to help frame up the research that will be conducted over the next several months. Once we have the recommendations, we will be asking people through an electronic process via the web, to rate some of the issues that our research tells us based on the input that is important for the state of Mississippi. We will then have a new economic plan for the new Governor and the new Legislature."
Chairman of Blueprint Mississippi, Hank Bounds said, "we are trying to capture really good broad based input, on what the future of this state looks like and what types of things that we need to put in place. The metrics, the goals and who we should assign responsibility for achieving those goals long term."
Mississippi's four research universities will conduct the research, which will be used by citizen-led advisory council committees to determine key priorities. The final report will be released in October.