Membership

MEC Opportunities for Involvement & Networking

Three Major Statewide Events

MEC Annual Meeting - April 30, 2015, 8:30am – 1:30pm

MEC’s largest meeting is held in mid-April at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson. At more than 2000 attendees, this meeting brings together MEC members, elected officials, Mississippi Scholars and Mississippi Scholars Tech Master students, and STAR students and teachers. Every year, the theme rotates to highlight one of the recommendations of Blueprint Mississippi—our long-range economic development strategic plan. Expect to hear an address from the governor, a key note speech from a nationally recognized speaker, and a short-set from a Mississippi based musician or musical group. Informative, break-out panel sessions are held in the morning prior to the luncheon. Registration begins at 8:30am and the program ends promptly at 1:00pm.

Hobnob Mississippi - October 29, 2014, 8:30am – 1:30pm

Held outdoors under a "Big Top" tent at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum in Jackson, Hobnob Mississippi is a fun political rally-styled event that features Mississippi's statewide elected officials and candidates for statewide office. Hobnob is held in late October or early November - usually less than a week before the general election. The event, which draws more than 1,500 leaders, features a morning of stump-styled political speaking, a special keynote address and entertainment. This is MEC’s most casual and exciting event of the year.

MEC Capital Day - January 8, 2014, 8:30am - 1:00pm

Generally held the first Thursday of the Legislative session, MEC Capital Day is an opportunity for members to gear up for the session and to meet with their legislators from home while at the Capitol. The morning starts with an opening program featuring key elected leaders, including the Governor. Attendees then ride (or walk) to the State Capitol for briefings from the Lt. Governor, the Speaker of the House and other key legislative leaders. The event, which draws more than 1,200 leaders, is capped off with a lavish buffet-style luncheon.

MEC members receive sponsorship opportunities and reduced pricing for individual registrations to the three major events.
For video coverage from past major MEC events, please visit: www.youtube.com/user/MSEconomicCouncil.

Legislative Scramblers

These breakfast meetings are generally held every Wednesday morning of the Legislative session at the Mississippi Museum of Art. This early morning format gives attendees the opportunity to hear about hot-button topics from the elected officials most involved in the issues before they head into work for the day. Can’t make it to Jackson? MEC streams the sessions live so that members from across the state can hear about the topic without leaving their desk. Scheduled dates and topics are released at the beginning of the legislative session in January. Scramblers are free to attend, though we ask that attendees register prior to each event. Dial in # is 800-771-7943 if you are unable to attend.

Road Show Tours

MEC hosts road show events in cities across the state in early September though February every year. Our programs are typically presented at regularly scheduled local Rotary or Chamber meetings. The purpose is to discuss our progress with Blueprint Mississippi and to gain valuable feedback from business leaders in those areas. That feedback is complied at the end of the tour and used to inform our recommendations to the state legislature in the upcoming session. Road show events are free to attend, though we ask that attendees register prior to each event for planning purposes. They include lunch or breakfast and last one hour. Road show tour dates will be announced in late summer 2015.

 

Key Member Benefits

MEC provides a variety of ways for members to participate throughout the year in addition to major benefits for your business or corporation.

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MEC Membership Levels

Pinnacle:  This is the highest level of membership. Designed for the state’s top corporations. Leaders from Pinnacle-membership level companies have made a significant contribution in improving Mississippi’s competitiveness.

  • Logo Recognition on MEC Web site Entry and Link to Your Site
  • Large Logo Type Promotion in MEC Annual Report
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Top level sponsorship at all regular MEC events during the year (except those of Leadership Mississippi and the M.B. Swayze Foundation)
  • Priority seating at all meetings and MEC Annual Meeting Head Table for One Representative from Company
  • Special Recognition on MEC Printed Materials and at MEC Meetings

Capstone: This level of membership is designed for statewide corporations with a major multi-location presence, 1,000 or more employees, and a desire to make a significant statement about their participation in Mississippi’s future.

  • Logo Recognition on MEC Web site Entry and Link to Your Site
  • Large Logo Type Promotion in MEC Annual Report
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Top level sponsorship at all regular MEC events during the year (except those of Leadership Mississippi and the M.B. Swayze Foundation)
  • Priority seating at all meetings and MEC Annual Meeting Head Table for One Representative from Company

Keystone: This level of membership is designed for multi-location and/or Mississippi-headquartered locations with significant employment and a strong interest in developing a high leadership participation in Mississippi’s future.

  • Website link from MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Top Level Sponsorship at all regular MEC events during the year (except those of Leadership Mississippi and the M.B. Swayze Foundation)
  • Priority seating at all meetings and MEC Annual Meeting Head Table for One Representative from Company

Milestone:  This level of membership is designed for Mississippi companies  looking to reach beyond their foundation of strong support of MEC and its programs and be active in promoting a strong business climate in Mississippi.

  • Recognition on MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Three Leadership Level sponsorships at MEC events during the year

Cornerstone: This level of membership is designed for companies with a single location in Mississippi with fewer than 1,000 employees, seeking to demonstrate a foundation of strong support of MEC and its programs.

  • Recognition on MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Two Leadership Level sponsorships at MEC events during the year

Foundation: This level of membership is designed for companies with a single location in Mississippi, seeking to demonstrate a foundation of strong support of MEC and its programs.

  • Recognition on MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • One Leadership Level sponsorship at an MEC event during the year

Chair’s Council: This level of membership is designed for smaller companies with a strong focus on the future of Mississippi.

  • Recognition on MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses

 

*For Membership Level costs and additional information please contact Kelly Boutwell at 601-969-4421 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pinnacle
Atmos Energy
AT&T
BancorpSouth
Barksdale Management Corporation
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi
Entergy
Ergon, Inc.
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Mississippi Power Company
Nissan North America, Inc.
Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Trustmark National Bank
Walmart
Yates Construction

Capstone
C SPIRE
Electric Power Associations of MS
Renasant Bank
GodwinGroup
Hancock Bank
Structural Steel Services, Inc.

Keystone

BankPlus
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino / Gold Strike Casino Resort
CREATE Foundation
Taylor Machine Works, Inc.
The Clarion-Ledger
Toyota Motore Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc.
United Healthcare of Mississippi

Milestone
BP America
Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Cornerstone
Chevron
Community Health Systems
MMC Materials, Inc.
Health Management Associates, Inc. – Mississippi Division
North Mississippi Health Services
The Peoples Bank - Ripley
Regions

Foundation
Adams and Reese LLP
Altria Corporate Services, Inc.
American Eurocopter Corporation
APAC Mississippi, Inc.
Baptist Health Systems
BKD, LLP - CPAs
Boyd Gaming Corporation
Butler Snow, LLP 
Cadence Bancorp, LLC
CN
Colonial Pipeline Company
Community Bancshares of Mississippi, Inc
The CPI Group, Inc.
Denbury Resources Inc.
Deviney Construction Company, Inc.
DiamondJacks
Double Quick / Gresham Petroleum
DuPont Titanium Technologies
F.E.B. Distributing Company, Inc.
Galaxie Corporation
GE Aviaiton 
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Horne LLP
Isle of Capri Casino
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
The Molpus Woodlands Group 
MTD Products, Inc.
Multicraft International
Norbord Mississippi, Inc.
Nucor Steel Jackson, Inc.
Olin Corp - Winchester Division
Peco Foods, Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Ports America
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Roxul USA, Inc.
Roy Anderson Corp
St. Dominic Health Services, Inc.
Tellus Operating Group, LLC
The University of Mississippi Medical Center 
Wells Fargo
Willmut Gas Company

Chair’s Council
ABB Kuhlman
Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg
Anderson Retail, Inc.
Anderson-Tully Worldwide 
Anheuser-Busch Companies
Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
ATK Aerospace Structures Division
Aurora Flight Sciences
B&B Concrete Company, Inc.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Balch & Bingham LLP
BankTEL Systems
Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle
bfac, LLC
BKD LLP
BNSF Railway
Brandon Petroleum Properties
CECO Building Systems
CEFCO Convenience Stores
CF Industries, Inc.
CenterPoint Energy
The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia
Clark Beverage Group
The Citizens National Bank of Meridian
Clark Beverage Group
Comcast – Central Division
ConocoPhillips
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Daniel Coker Horton & Bell
Delta Technical College Ridgeland
EastGroup Properties
Eaton Aerospace
F.L. Crane & Sons
Franklin Corporation
Galloway-Chandler-McKinney Insurance Agency
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Division
Gentiva Home Health & Hospice
Gilmore Foundation, Inc.
Island View Casino Resort 
Jackson/Newell Paper Company
JANTRAN, INC.
Jones Walker L.L.P.
Journal Publishing Company
The King’s Daughters Medical Center
KLLM Transport Services
L-3 Vertex Aerospace LLC
La-Z-Boy South
Leadify, LLC
Lockheed Martin
Loomis Company
Magnolia Health Plan
Magnolia Regional Health Center
Masonite Corporation
McAlister's Gourmet Deli
McKesson Corporation
Merchants & Marine Bank
The Metropolitan Bank
Miller Transporters, Inc.
MISSCO
Mississippi Association of Realtors
Mississippi Business Journal
Mississippi Casino Operators Association
Mississippi Health Partners, Inc.
Mississippi Land Bank
Mississippi Marine Corporation
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
Norfolk Southern Corporation
North American Coal Corporation/Red Hill Mine
Peavey Electronics Corporation
Phelps Dunbar, LLP
Phillips 66
Planters Bank & Trust Company
PriorityOne Bank
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Puckett Machinery Company  
SeverStal
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, Inc.
Signal International
Singing River Hospital System
Southern Cast Products, Inc.
Southern Development Resource
Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company
Specialty Contractors & Associates, Inc.
Staplcotn
State Farm Insurance Companies
Sun Herald
TeleSouth Communications
Toyota Boshoku Mississippi 
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc.
Treasure Bay Casino
Tyson Foods
United Furniture Industries
Valmet Corporation
Verizon Wireless  
Watkins & Eager
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Distribution Center
Wilson & Biggs, PLLC
Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.
Zeon Chemicals

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