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USACE bald eagle surveys taking place at Mississippi lakes

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(photo by Saffron Blaze - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18433764)

From the USACE Vicksburg District:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s north Mississippi lakes will each hold their midwinter bald eagle survey, Eagle Watch, in January.

The Grenada Lake Eagle Watch will take place Jan. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at the Grenada Lake conference room, located across the street from the visitor center, before the survey begins.

The Arkabutla Lake Eagle Watch will take place Jan. 11 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office before the survey begins. After the survey, volunteers are invited to return to the field office for a live Birds of Prey program presented by Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation.

The Enid Lake Eagle Watch was held Jan. 7 from 7 a.m. to noon. Information about the Sardis Lake Eagle Watch is forthcoming.

During the surveys, district park rangers and natural resources management specialists work with volunteers to survey areas around the lake for eagles. Participants use binoculars to bird watch and record sightings of both mature and immature eagles. Population numbers are recorded on forms and reported to USACE.

The purpose of the survey is to gather data on the eagle population’s trends, distribution and habitats. The survey also generates public interest in eagles and their conservation. The bald eagle was removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s federal endangered species list in 2007.

Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis and Grenada lakes, the four Mississippi flood control reservoirs in the Vicksburg District’s area of responsibility, were authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936, which provided a plan designed to address flooding that originated in the Yazoo Basin. The four reservoirs are used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure. With approximately 3.2 million visitors each year, the North Mississippi lakes also contribute approximately $82 million into the local economy.

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Sen. Hyde-Smith keynote speaker at Innovation & Technology naming ceremony

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The Mississippi Center for Innovation & Technology naming ceremony will be held at 1622 Washington St. in Vicksburg on Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith

The presenting keynote speaker is U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Under the leadership of the Economic Development Foundation, the community identified the old Mississippi Hardware Building as the place where a Center for Innovation & Technology can be developed. The center will bring all relevant partners together to create an eco-system that spurs innovation, accelerates technology transfer and increases opportunities for U.S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center contracts to be given to Mississippi companies. The center will also provide higher education opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Since it was announced that the EDF committed to developing the Hardware Building into the Mississippi Center for Innovation & Technology, the State of Mississippi has committed $5 million to the project and the City of Vicksburg has committed $300,000 per year for 10 years. Close to $5 million in Historic Tax Credits has been secured for the project.

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Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum to be held in Vicksburg April 2 and 3

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Vicksburg Convention Center.

From Innovate Mississippi:

The 2020 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum will be held Thursday and Friday, April 2-3, 2020, at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The event will bring together leading entrepreneurs, economic developers, innovators, and future business owners to learn more about the current entrepreneurial climate and the future of entrepreneurship in Mississippi.

For the first time, the MEF will host a Student Business Pitch Competition that will take place on April 2, 2020.

Sponsored by the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the event is part of the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development initiative funded from a generous financial gift from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum will provide working opportunities for aspiring business owners and thriving entrepreneurs to share practical and immediately useful information about building a business.

Additionally, attendees will hear best practices of successful case studies and learn more about resources and strategies available to entrepreneurs from institutions of higher education in Mississippi and other key organizations.

Panels on technology and innovation, student entrepreneurship, and the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem also will be conducted on April 3, 2020.

Previous Forums have been held in Clarksdale, Tupelo, Greenwood, Oxford and Jackson.

MEF planning committee members include Allyson Best (University of Mississippi); Tasha Bibb (Innovate Mississippi); John Brandon (Mississippi College); Dr. Marty Brock (Mississippi University for Women); Ty Durham (Millsaps College); Saundra McFarland (Jackson State University); Janice Karcher (ERDCWERX); Dr. JR Love (University of Mississippi); Nash Nunnery (Mississippi Development Authority); Dr. Sheriece Robinson (Mississippi Community College Board); Jeffrey Rupp (Mississippi State University); Will Tabor (Mississippi Community College Board); James Wilcox (University of Southern Mississippi); and Dr. Glendscene Williams (Delta State University).

For more information about the 2020 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum, please go to meforum.olemiss.edu, or contact JR Love at jrlove@olemiss.edu or Tasha Bibb at tbibb@innovate.ms.

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Vicksburg YMCA hosts annual Father-Daughter Date Night

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The Vicksburg YMCA held its fourth annual Father-Daughter Date Night at The Anthony inside the BB club in downtown Vicksburg Tuesday.

YMCA membership director Lauren Coulon organized the event a few years ago, and it is still going strong today.  More than 100 fathers and daughters came out to dance and enjoy a great buffet. Everyone seemed to have a great time.

Girls as young as 5 dressed up and joined their dads for the special night. Fathers and daughters from every part of Vicksburg danced the night away, took pictures on the red carpet and headed upstairs for dinner.

Bryan Snowden with Kelsey Snowden, left, and Allyssa Thomas.

Matthew and Hayden Bell.

The father-daughter date night is held annually, usually in the month of February, and is hosted by the YMCA.

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