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Deweese re-elected as chairman of EMBDC

By By Ben Alexander/The Meridian Star
Aug. 17, 2001
For the second straight year, civic leader Glen Deweese has been named chairman of the East Mississippi Business Development Corp.'s Board of Directors.
Deweese was unanimously re-elected by the 15-member board at the organization's monthly meeting Thursday morning.
Deweese, 69, is currently battling cancer that was discovered in late January by doctors at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
The EMBDC's board meeting was the first since the organization held a strategic planning session last week to discuss long-range goals for the group. Organization leaders say they plan to release information at a later date regarding what plans were made at that meeting.
On Thursday, the EMBDC also announced that it was moving the location for its annual meeting and dinner to the Frank Cochran Center in Highland Park. Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott is the keynote speaker.
Deweese said a tremendous response for tickets for the event this year sparked the decision to move to the program from the Mississippi State University Meridian Campus.
Deweese said he expects the organization to sell about 600 tickets with the expanded seating. The dinner is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank Cochran Center.
Also Thursday, the EMBDC board formally asked state legislators to leave Meridian and Lauderdale County in a Central Mississippi district when they re-draw U.S. House district lines this year.
Ben Alexander is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3226, or e-mail him at balexander@themeridianstar.com.