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Mississippi’s eight public universities sign pact to aid development

JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi’s eight public universities and its business recruitment agency are signing an agreement to work together to improve the state’s economy.

Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce and Mississippi Development Authority Director Glenn McCullough signed the formal agreement Thursday at a College Board meeting in Jackson.

Boyce says universities have worked with MDA for decades to recruit industry to the state. The new agreement formalizes the partnership, calling for universities and MDA to meet jointly with business leaders and to market their strengths together.

The idea is for universities to introduce MDA to businesses that have relationships with the schools, and for MDA to do the same for the universities.

MDA and the universities are also announcing a website — www.msgradjobs.com — to help university graduates find jobs in Mississippi.

‘Eggs and Issues’ breakfast Monday at Courtyard Oxford

“Eggs and Issues,” the annual breakfast with area legislators hosted by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation, will be held Monday at 7:30 a.m. in the ballroom at Courtyard Oxford, 305 Jackson Avenue East. Tickets are $12 (pay at the door).

Those wishing to attend are asked to please RSVP by calling 662-234-4651 or email pam@oxfordms.com.

Each year the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation play host to a breakfast with Lafayette County Legislators as guests on a panel to learn more about legislative affairs.