Governor Outlines Strategy to Grow Health Care Economy at Summit
Over 700 Leaders Attended Day-Long Event Focusing on Mississippi's Future
Mississippi is pioneering new strategies in developing its health care economy, Gov. Phil Bryant shared with more than 700 people who attended the Governor's Health Care Economic Development Summit on August 15.
As part of the health care clustering strategy Gov. Bryant outlined last year in a report detailing his vision for growing Mississippi's health care economy, the governor announced that communities around the state are developing health care zone master plans to guide health care investment and expansion at the local level. At the Summit, Gov. Bryant announced the certification of 12 communities master plans.
"The cooperation of private sector leaders and Mississippi's elected officials is producing great opportunities for this state," Gov. Bryant said. "Mississippi is unique in its approach to applying health care zones and clustering to economic development, and today I am proud to announce 12 communities have been certified through the Mississippi Development Authority as certified Health Care Zone Master Plan Communities."
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Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act Eligibility and Project Guidelines 2013
Blueprint Mississippi Health Care: An Economic Driver
Study Looks at Workforce Development, Quality of Life, Business Sustainability and Creation of Economic Wealth
Gov. Phil Bryant Outlines Goals as Study Unveiled at Meetings in Biloxi, Tupelo & Jackson
Expanding the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and adding 1,000 physicians to the state's workforce are part of Gov. Phil Bryant's vision for strengthening Mississippi's economy by investing in health care.
During three meetings today, Friday, Oct. 26, Gov. Bryant is outlining his vision for growing the state's health care economy and unveiling the findings of a new Blueprint Mississippi health care study. Bryant announced a funding award toward the expansion of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. The first meeting was held in Biloxi at 7:30 a.m. Meetings are planned for Tupelo at 11:30 a.m. and Jackson at 3:30 p.m. today.
"I am pleased to announce that the Mississippi Development Authority will award $10 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to UMMC to aid in the expansion of its School of Medicine," Bryant said. "Mississippi needs more physicians, and we cannot wait any longer."
Bryant is encouraging new development in the state's larger medical regions through the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act. The legislation, part of Bryant's 'Mississippi Works' agenda, became law this year and provides incentives to certain health care-related businesses that locate in a certified health care zone.
Blueprint Mississippi 2011 Full Report
Blueprint Mississippi was an extensive one-year, $1.25 million research project focusing on 12 Blueprint States (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas). The report looks at how Mississippi compares with the Blueprint States and how the state can better position itself for progress. The goals for Blueprint Mississippi are:
- Improve Communication and Coordination among Public, Private and Non-profit Leaders
- Support Mississippi's Creative Economy
- Cultivate Diversity, Community Cooperation and Racial Reconciliation
- Strengthen and Expand Mississippi's Economy
- Increase the Educational Achievement Level of Mississippians
- Increase Availability of Financial Capital
- Promote Health Care as an Economic Driver
- Continually Develop the Infrastructure for a Competitive Economy and
- Cultivate a More Robust Workforce in Mississippi