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Mississippi works to connect with Canada

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Elected officials and business leaders from Canada are in South Mississippi this week for a conference dedicated to business partnerships. The Southeastern United States- Canadian Provinces Alliance is holding its annual meeting at Beau Rivage.

From energy to tourism, Mississippi has a solid link to Canada. Canadians enjoy our warm weather and the business climate in the South.

"A lot of people work in Mississippi because of Canada," Governor Haley Barbour said. "We have more then 50 Canadian companies in Mississippi."

Representatives from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina are meeting with premiers from provinces throughout Canada. Premier Danny Williams from Newfoundland said Canada looks to America for economic leadership.

"The business knowledge of America is significant," Williams said. "The U.S. has a feel for managing a tough economy."

Canada has a strong business relationship with the United States and the South. The Alliance is exploring ways of expanding business opportunities between Canada and Southeastern states.

"Canada is our biggest trading partner," Barbour said. "The country from which we get most of our energy is not Saudi Arabia, it's Canada."

Gov. Barbour announced Monday that a Canadian company that makes fuel out of municipal waste is planning to open a plant in Pontotoc, Mississippi.

The conference continues Tuesday at Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi.

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