If you ask Gov. Phil Bryant, it's aggressive, challenging and demanding. However, he says it can be done. To show how, he's laying out the framework for what he believes will help grow and mold the state's energy economy.
"I see Mississippi being the leader in the future," Bryant said.
To put the state on that track, Bryant hosted an energy summit in downtown Jackson Thursday bringing together energy experts from around the country and internationally. The goal is to drive economic development by enhancing the state's energy sector and becoming the leader in doing so.
"Anything that's used to produce, deliver, enhance energy recovery, we need to be doing here," Bryant said.
Last year, an independent rating bureau named Mississippi as the best place in the country to invest in oil and gas, but recently the state ranked at the bottom of the list when it comes to energy conservation. Bryant says that's going to change.
His plan, called Mississippi's Energy Roadmap, focuses on six key areas. It lays out strategies for increasing job opportunities, enhancing energy production and expanding energy research.
"It's from sunshine to thermonuclear reactors and from the stars to the bottom of the ocean," Bryant said.
"Mississippi, the state, is becoming one of the most important strategic energy hubs in the United States of America," said Southern company President and CEO Tom Fanning.
Fanning says Mississippi is gaining traction in competing for high paying energy jobs and development.
"If we can develop a position of North American energy independence this nation will be better off. What you're doing here in this state is central to that thesis," Fanning said.
It all starts, Bryant says, by tapping into the state's natural resources, and not just natural gas.
"We've got to be able to go out and find the engineers, the chemists, the technicians that are need to make sure that we've got a 21st century energy policy in Mississippi that's leading the nation," Bryant said.
Bryant plans to introduce legislation next year to put certain policies and initiatives in place to make the plan a reality.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:19:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:58:28 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:52:18 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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