WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EDF works to create a more skilled and productive workforce, encouraging education and training responsive to employer needs by: • Serving as a lead advocate for workforce preparedness and job training for existing and targeted labor forces. • Partnering with Northwest Community College to promote and support workforce training programs for local business and industry. • Working with the Oxford-Lafayette County School of Applied Technology to develop and strengthen workforce preparedness programs.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT
ENHANCE BUSINESS CLIMATE AND QUALITY OF PLACE
EDF collaborates with local and regional partners to support innovation and job creation by:
EDF supports efforts to strengthen local community initiatives that:
• Working with the UM’s School of Business, Small Business Development Center and the Innovation Hub at Insight Park; together with FNC, Inc., and the Mississippi Technology Alliance in developing a comprehensive entrepreneurial Eco-system for Lafayette County.
• Support the efforts of local government, the Oxford Tourism Council, Visit Oxford and local businesses in working to improve community infrastructure and desirability as an ideal place to visit and reside.
• Continuing to participate in dialogs with the UM Office of Research, academic departments and university technologies for opportunities for business development through research spin-offs into the local economy. • Partnering with regional counterparts and organizations/agencies to improve communication infrastructures throughout the region; including collaboration with CSpire Fiber to build a redundant system of fiber that will increase broadband capabilities in the Oxford-Lafayette County area. • Serving as a policy advisor and marketer for the North Mississippi Enterprise Initiative, Inc. (www.northmiss.org) and working to promote the Oxford Enterprise Center as a business incubator for technology start-up businesses. • Hosting business startup competitions and entrepreneurial challenges. • Partnering with the City of Oxford, Lafayette County and the UM in lobbying the Mississippi Department of Transportation and area legislators for major infrastructure improvement projects.
• Develop substantial and abundant resources that foster an environment of business growth including start-up businesses and entrepreneurial development. • Continue to promote and maintain the successful Retiree Attraction Program that garners national recognition for Oxford as a community with an exceptional quality of life. • Maintain a close working relationship with local school systems to support their efforts to attain the highest level of education and workforce preparation necessary for students to succeed in the workplace.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Recruitment of industries, such as Olin/Winchester, and helped facilitate numerous business expansions generating over $160 million in investments and the creation of over 2,300 jobs. • Facilitation of the expansion of Olin/Winchester’s Centerfire Division in 2010 with procurement of approximately 140 acres and construction of a building totaling over 422,000 square feet in the Lafayette County Industrial Park. Total investment: $100 million; total jobs: 1,000 over five years. fi
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