Winston News Online
April 10, 2012
Governor Phil Bryant will lead a delegation of Mississippi business leaders and economic development officials at the 5th Annual Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) conference and trade mission, which is scheduled for May 20-22 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mississippi businesses, economic developers, university representatives and local officials are encouraged to join the state’s delegation at the event, which brings together business and government officials from the alliance’s member states and provinces each year to forge new business relationships and further build upon the close trade and investment ties that already exist between Canada and the southeastern U.S. states.
This year’s conference is expected to attract more than 300 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders, and it will focus on the technology, advanced manufacturing, energy and logistics sectors. The event will include more than two days of business-to-business matchmaking meetings.
“The SEUS-CP conference offers Mississippi businesses, economic development officials and government leaders a unique opportunity to strengthen existing ties while garnering new business relationships with our counterparts in Canada,” Governor Bryant said. “Canada is Mississippi’s number one trade partner, and I urge any Mississippi business leaders and economic developers interested in pursuing additional trade and investment opportunities with Canada to join us at this year’s conference.”
Funding available through the U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Mississippi State Export Promotion (STEP) Program can help defray the cost for Mississippi small businesses to attend the 5th Annual SEUS-CP conference and trade mission. To learn more about small business financial assistance through STEP, contact MDA’s team of international trade specialists at (601) 359-3155.
To register for the event or view a full conference agenda, please visit www.seuscp.org. For more information, contact Liz Cleveland, or Vickie Watters in MDA’s Global Investment and Retention Division at (601) 359-3155 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
About Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency. Approximately 300 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, MDA provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians. For more information, visit MDA’s website at www.mississippi.org
Southern Governors’ Association (SGA), founded in 1934, is the oldest and historically the largest of the regional governors' associations. SGA uses the power of connection, collaboration and communications in a bipartisan manner to solve regional problems, improve quality of life and secure an economically vibrant and prosperous American South.