Governor Using New York Trip To Tout Mississippi

Gov. Ronnie Musgrove will meet with some of New York City's top site consultants and media executives before enjoying Saturday's annual Mississippi picnic in Central Park.

Musgrove will attend a luncheon Thursday with 25 real estate site consultants at The 21 Club in midtown Manhattan. The event will be sponsored by the Mississippi Development Authority.

"These are people who are responsible for major expansions and new locations for companies worldwide,'' said MDA spokeswoman Sherry Vance. "It's going to be a pretty significant day for economic development and exposure for the state of Mississippi.''

Musgrove also has meetings scheduled Thursday with executives at Bloomberg News and Time Inc.

On Friday, the governor will meet with officials of the World Trade Center. Mississippi opened its World Trade Center offices in downtown Jackson last month. He'll also tout the state and his economic development initiatives to editors at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist.

At lunch Friday Musgrove will dine with more site consultants at a luncheon sponsored by the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday's picnic in Central Park's East Meadow will take place from noon until 6 p.m. and feature Southern cuisine and music by The Gants, a Mississippi Delta band. Vance said the picnic, started 23 years ago, is organized by alumni from Mississippi universities now living in New York.

"We work to coordinate various marketing opportunities for tourism, retirement communities and economic development around the event,'' she said.

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