CED Participates in Mississippi Building Blocks Forum

Key business leaders from across Mississippi gathered at the Jackson Marriot to help unveil Mississippi Building Blocks, a statewide plan for early childhood education. This is an extremely important step in Mississippi, where there is no statewide pre-kindergarten program. The forum, which was hosted by the Mississippi Economic Council, Momentum Mississippi, and Leadership Mississippi drew almost 800 people.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (left) thanks local business leaders for investing in young children. 
Roland Kell (right), General Manager, Chevron Products Company, showcases a new children’s book about Mississippi animals published by Chevron.

CED President Charles Kolb participated in a panel discussion at the Mississippi Building Blocks Forum providing a national perspective on how business leaders across the county are supporting efforts to improve early childhood education. Additional speakers included Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour; Roland Kell, General Manager, Chevron Products Company; Anthony Topazi, Chair, Momentum Mississippi and MEC President & CEO, Mississippi Power; and Mark Shriver, Vice President, Save the Children.