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 statewide. 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:
- 3001, Inc. being named as ESRI’s New Business Partner of the Year for the San Antonio Region;
- DigitalGlobe’s successful launch and deployment of WorldView 1, the most agile commercial satellite ever flown;
- Digital Quest’s STARS GIS certification being chosen for the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Standards of Apprenticeship for Geospatial Technician;
- NVision Solutions’ GIS products being listed as one of the Top 20 spinoff technologies over the last 5 years by NASA’s Innovative Partnership Program;
- Applied Geo Technologies (AGT) being named as a finalist in the “Best Places to Work” recognition program by the Mississippi Business Journal;
- Diamond Data Systems’ selection by CityBusiness newspaper as the Bronze Medal winner for the 2007 Innovator of the Year; and
- WorldWinds, Inc., and the GeoResources Institute being honored with a NASA Tech Briefs Award for their collaborative development of an interactive database of storm surge flood levels for the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast region.
“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.”
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