Oxford, Mississippi, USA, 19 December, 2007 – The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) recognised the achievements of 2007 for Mississippi’s geospatial cluster. The cluster includes 30 private companies as well as university research programs, state agencies, and complementary partner programs.
Since the establishment of the cluster in 1998, Mississippi’s geospatial companies have sustained the growth in jobs, salaries, investment, and revenues directly benefitting the state’s economy with high paying, high technology jobs.
Employment within the cluster has grown 20 percent over the last two years with cluster companies currently employing 687 people state-wide. Furthermore, the average annual salary of these employees has grown to $57,800, keeping Mississippi competitive with geospatial salaries at the national level. In 2007, cluster member companies invested more than $52 million in Mississippi business operations and generated $77.1 million in revenues.
Noteworthy accomplishments by private company cluster members include:
There were also a number of notable achievements by academic members of the geospatial cluster.
“The cluster approach has definitely created synergies across the business, academic, and government sectors of our geospatial community,” stated Lisa Stone, Associate Director for EIGS. “Other critical factors that continue to contribute to the growth of the geospatial industry in Mississippi include strong support at the state government level, comprehensive research programs at our state’s universities, integrated workforce development efforts, and a business climate that fosters technology innovation and entrepreneurship.”