JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Gov. Phil Bryant is continuing his focus on health care as an economic driver and will discuss ideas for growing Mississippi’s health care economy.
He will also talk about the results of a new study that details economic opportunities in the health care industry throughout Mississippi, during a three-stop tour on October 26.
Tour stops are scheduled for:
7:30a.m.-9 a.m. at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center located at 2350 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Summit Center located at 852 North Gloster Street in Tupelo and 3:30-5 p.m. at the Hilton located at 1001 East County Line Road in Jackson.
During his inaugural State of the State Address, Bryant called on the Mississippi Economic Council to conduct an in-depth study of Mississippi’s health care sector. The final report, “Health Care: An Economic Driver”, was completed by the Mississippi Economic Council's M.B. Swayze Foundation.
The report examines the importance of the health care industry in Mississippi and analyzes industry aspects, including regulations, business climate and workforce.
The report also explores potential growth areas, including businesses that support health care.
Blueprint Mississippi has named growing the health care industry as an economic driver one of its nine key goals for Mississippi. The new MEC study also outlines a health care cluster strategy for the state.
During its 2012 session, the Mississippi Legislature passed Bryant’s Health Care Industry Zone Act. The bill took effect July 1 and provides incentives for health care related businesses to locate new facilities in designated health care zones throughout the state.
Following the measure’s effective date, medical device provider Teleflex Incorporated located a new distribution facility in Olive Branch.
The company expects to employ more than 200 workers in the coming years.
“Health Care: An Economic Driver” was funded by the Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development. In-kind staff support was provided by the economic development team at Entergy Mississippi.
The October 26 meetings are open to the public.
You can register by clicking www.mec.ms