MsET Collaborates with Canadian Organization to Promote Advanced Technology Sector

John C. Stennis Space Center, MS — The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) announced this week a new partnership with the Canadian organization Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI), a private non-profit corporation that advocates on behalf of the advanced technology community. MsET and NATI will collaborate to develop initiatives to support the advanced technology sector in Mississippi and Canada.

In addition to encouraging innovation in their respective areas, the partnership will encourage commerce and collaboration between businesses and other entities in the two regions. MsET and NATI also hope their partnership will help raise awareness regarding the importance of the advanced technology sector in growing and sustaining a knowledge-based economy. Mississippi and Canada have a history of strong economic ties: Canada has been Mississippi’s top export market for the last six years, and Mississippi businesses exported $1.3 billion in goods to Canada in 2008 alone. The new partnership will contribute towards generating continued economic growth and business opportunities between the two regions.

“The Canadian government has always been energetically searching for technology industry synergies with Mississippi,” said Charlie Beasley, MsET president since September of last year. “In the last 12 years, MsET has hosted 4 separate inbound missions from Canada interested in developing partnerships with Mississippi businesses in the geospatial and marine technology sectors. The agreement between MsET and NATI will link Mississippi with Newfoundland and Labrador, a province that is working to aggressively grow its advanced technology sectors, and will provide great potential for collaboration among advanced technology companies in our two regions.”

The partnership grew out of the recent Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces (SEUS//CP) Alliance Annual Conference held last month in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) led a delegation of Mississippi business leaders and economic developers to the three-day networking event, and MsET was a key member of the delegation. Established in November 2007, SEUS//CP is comprised of six states: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; and seven Canadian provinces: Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. The alliance strives to enhance economic ties, promote two-way investment and encourage technological and scientific exchanges between and among the member states and provinces.

“The partnership between MsET and NATI speaks to the real value of participation in the SEUS-CP Alliance,” said Whit Hughes, MDA’s deputy director. “The collaboration between MsET and NATI will raise the profiles of our advanced technology sectors and will help create lasting business ties between Mississippi and Newfoundland and Labrador.”

“We are excited about working closely with MsET as our discussions to date have been open and productive to fostering strong collaborations between the key advanced technology stakeholders in our respective jurisdictions,” commented Paul Dubé, NATI CEO. “The SEUS//CP Alliance initiative provides a great foundation for developing valuable relationships. NATI looks forward to participating next year in Biloxi”.

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