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Blueprint Miss. progress tour stops in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A blueprint outlining how Mississippi can climb the economic ladder is expected to be released in January.  

A think-tank strategy meeting was held at Jackson State University Monday to talk about progress and to make sure that priorities are on track to move this state and its people into the future. 

The idea is to get Mississippi moving, off the bottom. Jackson is just one city on the 12 city blueprint progress tour. These meetings of the mind allow business and community leaders input and specifics. 

"The centerpiece is really an economic strategy. It's 9 priority goals and recommendations," said Blake Wilson, president of the Mississippi Economic Council. "Education, economic development, technology,

resources. How do we make the most of what we have? Surprisingly you are going to find out as we roll this out, Mississippi is actually a leader in many respects." 

Another key is focusing on early education, pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade. 

Rhea Williams-Bishop, with the Mississippi Center for Education says, "We still need to work on building a statewide system. We have wonderful programs, individual programs in patches in some areas of the state, but until we develop a systematic approach to serving young children and their families, we are not going to get as far as we could get." 

The final Blueprint report is released January 5, 2012 at the Mississippi Economic Council's Capital Day. 

Blueprint Mississippi is a $1.25 million dollar research project fully funded by the private sector. 

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