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October 27, 2010

Initial work for new megasite underway, WCBI reports

Mississippi is home to a number of economic development supersites that have been key components in the state’s efforts to land new manufacturers, including Nissan’s auto assembly plant in Madison County and Toyota’s facility under construction on the Wellspring site at Blue Springs in northeast Mississippi.

The megasite factor has also been in play as a diverse array of manufacturers have opened in the Golden Triangle over the last decade, and WCBI-TV reports that work is now underway on developing a new site in Oktibbeha County:

"More than 1,100 acres known as the Pilkington Property along Hickory Grove Road and Highway 82 in eastern Oktibbeha County could become the next big industrial site in the Golden Triangle," Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jon Maynard recently told the TV station.

It’s always good to see economic development coverage in the news, and this story is another reminder that Mississippi is a great place to do business.

December 9, 2010

CottonMill Marketplace developers taking next steps


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The CottonMill Marketplace project in Starkville is moving forward, according to articles in two local newspapers.

You will recall that in October the Board of Trustees of Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning gave approval to a Mississippi State proposal to advance the multi-phase project, which includes a convention center, hotel, restaurant, and office and retail space on a parcel of land between Russell and Spring streets across Highway 12 from the university.

The Cotton Mill Development Group will “purchase land adjacent MSU's Cooley Building for $2.8 million and enter into a lease agreement with MSU for the Cooley Building for $300,000 per year. The facility will be renovated and converted into a conference center and 37,000 square feet of office space. The Cooley lease agreement is for 41 years with the property then reverting back to MSU. The Group will also pay Mississippi State up to $850,000 in relocation costs related to operations currently run out of the Cooley Building. Research centers at MSU are expected to lease space in the facility,” a University Relations news release stated.

Read more about the next steps developers are taking in today's online editions of the Starkville Daily News and The Commercial Dispatch.

UPDATE, 12/16/10 — The Starkville Daily News has another Cotton Mill story in today's edition. It details the design changes developers have made to Mississippi State's historic Cooley Building, as well as how the project's financing is coming together.

December 8, 2011

CAVS Extension work published as national case study


A federal agency has cited Mississippi State University's work with a defense contractor as a national example.

Earlier this week, MSU's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension Office was notified that the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program published a national case study about CAVS Extension's work with Navistar Defense at the company's plant in West Point.

CAVS Extension director Clay Walden believes that it is the first ever national case study from NIST-MEP.

"I am remain exceedingly proud of the accomplishment of Glenn Dennis and the larger CAVS Extension team and grateful for the ongoing recognition. I also appreciate the work of Dr. Jay Tice, Executive Director of, in working with NIST-MEP in order to publish this case study," Walden wrote in an email to the Maroon Research blog.

Here are a few more details about the project from a Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi press release:

The MSU CAVS-E team supported Navistar's military vehicle initiative by designing and implementing the plant's production system, providing advanced planning and support of more than 12 new vehicle launches as well as developing quality manufacturing engineering support to local and regional suppliers.

Because of the success of Navistar's MRAP phase of the military project, at peak production, more than 1,000 people were employed during a period when the West Point community had been hard hit by recession and lay-offs from another major manufacturer.

Most significantly, the production of the MRAPs reduced the casualty rate of U.S. military by 84 percent. In 2009, 149 lives were saved by MRAPs.

A copy of the study is available from by clicking here.

For more information about Mississippi State's work with Navistar, see these news releases from University Relations:

"MSU innovations focus paying dividends, more to come," Sept. 16, 2011

"CAVS Extension at MSU takes top national award," Dec. 14, 2010

"MSU CAVS Extension's work in West Point recognized," Aug. 18. 2010

"MSU-based CAVS providing diverse assistance to state industries," March 16, 2010

"MSU engineers help launch armored vehicle plant in West Point," Feb. 9, 2006

April 2, 2014

Busy spring semester for research, economic development

Like many of you, we have had a busy spring semester in the Office of Research and Economic Development. In mid-March, we celebrated the official groundbreaking of The Mill at Mississippi State University, a $40-million mixed-used development that will transform the historic Cooley Building property into an economic development asset for our campus and community. I am very excited about this project’s potential, and believe it will serve as a catalyst for additional opportunities in the near future. For more about it, please see the Office of Public Affairs news release at


David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

Starkville-Oktibbeha school consolidation moving forward
As I write this, the Legislature just passed HB 2818, which codified the recommendations from the recent Consolidation Commission on which I had the opportunity to represent MSU. This legislation and the follow-on activities that are now sure to come will have some of the most far-reaching impacts on our city, county and university of anything in the past half-century. It is exciting to see the role that Mississippi State can play in impacting the education of our children, the economic development that can occur, and the enhanced quality of life that will result. This is yet one more example of the role MSU can play in moving our state forward.

Faculty leadership program nominations wanted
In the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year, my office and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will again be conducting an Academic Leadership Orientation Program for selected faculty. Participation will be limited to approximately 12 individuals who will be selected from those that apply. Any faculty member is eligible, but must be nominated. This program has been very successful in the past, and many of its graduates serve in key leadership positions on our campus. To apply, interested faculty should send a one-page summary addressing their future career plans, a current, abbreviated CV and a one-page nomination letter from their center director, department head or dean. These materials should be emailed to Lynn Taylor at no later than May 30.

NSF auditing Responsible Conduct of Research program
The National Science Foundation’s Office of the Inspector General is in the process of auditing the university’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training program. The responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering and is essential in the preparation of our students. The NSF now mandates that at the time of a proposal submission the project investigator must complete a certification stating that Mississippi State has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF funding to conduct research. This procedure applies to everyone carrying out research under the auspices of MSU, whether their current place of work is within or outside university premises. This includes, but is not limited to, all staff, visiting researchers, those with honorary posts and registered students. It is the responsibility of the principal investigator on a project to ensure that all students involved in the project are aware of and comply with the federal funding agency’s mandate and participate in the university’s RCR training. Please review MSU’s training plan and make sure that you are in compliance should we receive a site visit from the NSF OIG. Please contact Teresa Gammill at or 662-325-3570 if you have questions pertaining to RCR training and implementation. Our plan for the NSF, the NIH, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Federal Demonstration Partnership is available at

Cayuse 424: proposal development system update
Thanks to everyone who has assisted with Sponsored Programs Administration’s testing of a new proposal development system -- Cayuse 424. During the trial, we have had more than 20 proposals submitted totaling more than $35 million in requested funds and involving faculty from five colleges and a number of centers. We have received important feedback from you regarding the system, and invite you to continue sending your thoughts to Jennifer Easley at We are excited about a formal rollout of Cayuse 424 this summer. Please be on the lookout for training opportunities and other resources in support of this exciting new proposal development system.

Kudos and congratulations
Every month, I look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you. Here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Congratulations to Jerry Emison, a professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, for being elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. The distinction is among the highest for the nation's professional planners with about one percent achieving this status.

* Kudos to Nicholas Herrmann, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, and his team for their excavation and research of graves discovered on the grounds of the former Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, now home to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. This effort has garnered national attention, and serves as an excellent example of the incredible real-world difference our university makes in the state. Read more about it from CNN at

* Congratulations to the Research and Curriculum Unit, where Kristen Dechert, Alexis Nordin and Lois Kappler had their paper, titled “Developing and Implementing a Principal- and Teacher-Evaluation System in Mississippi,” accepted for the International Conference on Education. And Kristen’s submission, titled “Using a Needs Assessment to Affect Public Perception of CTE in Mississippi,” was accepted for an ICE poster session. Additionally, Sean Owen and Alexis had a paper picked up at the annual meeting of the National Association for CTE Information in Kentucky, titled “A multi-cohort analysis of graduation rates and contributing factors in secondary CTE students.” Kristen’s paper, “CTE Educators' Roles in Implementing Statewide Administrator and Teacher Evaluation Systems in Mississippi,” co-authored with Alexis, was also accepted for NACTEI.

Final words
As I have mentioned, funding from grants and contracts is critical to the continued success of our research enterprise, and I applaud all of you who are writing proposals and developing contacts with funding agencies during this very busy time of year. If my office can be of any assistance, please let us know. As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. Please feel free to contact me at with your questions or suggestions.

Go Dawgs!

— David

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