Elected officials attend economic development class at USM

Elected officials attend economic development class at USM

From left, Mississippi Power’s Joy Saucier is with Columbia Mayor Justin McKenzie, Long Beach Community Affairs Manager Jenny Levens, Waveland Mayor Mike Smith, Mississippi Power’s Rob Robinson, Moss Point Mayor Mario King, and Clarke County Supervisor Mickey Long.

Three mayors, a county supervisor and a community affairs manager from Mississippi Power’s service territory recently participated in the True South Basic Economic Development Course at the University of Southern Mississippi thanks to the Chuck Ueltschey scholarship program.

Mayors Mario King of Moss Point, Mike Smith of Waveland and Justin McKenzie participated in the four-day course along with Clarke County Supervisor Mickey Long and Jenny Levens, community affairs manager in Long Beach.

The scholarships are in memory of Ueltschey, who died in 2015 shortly after retiring from 44 years of service at Mississippi Power.

“Chuck’s legacy of leadership carries on through these scholarships,” said Senior Community Development Representative Joy Saucier. “He was a mentor to many across the state, spending much of his career in community and economic development. This is a way to honor Chuck’s memory and his commitment to making a better Mississippi.”

The True South course provides a solid foundation for the fundamentals and practice of economic development. The scholarships are offered for municipal and county elected officials.

The 50 participants in the class came from across Mississippi as well as Texas and Oklahoma and included economic development practitioners, elected officials, county planners and graduate students.

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