April 1st, 2001 - MSWTC charter granted in Seoul, Korea
August 2001 - Executive Director hired. Orientation/training held in New York City
September 2001 - Board of Directors officially named
February 2002 - First Mississippi World Trade Center board meeting.
May 2002 - Governor Musgrove and MSWTC Board of Directors officially open the MSWTC at a packed-house press conference
September 2004 - MSWTC hosts the International Business Certification Program "Taking on the World"
March 2005 - Hosts "Lighting the Way" Conference for Women in Industry and International Trade
November 2006 - Celebrats 5 years of service at the annual meeting and luncheon
2007 - MSWTC holds first annual Young Artists Global Showcase Mississippi High School Art Competition
March 2008 - MSWTC hosts an Exposition with the Thai Trade Center Miami
February 2009 - MSWTC hosts the "Exporting to the Middle East and North Africa" Seminar
May 2009 - MSWTC is awarded Blue Level Certification by the World Trade Center Association
April 2009 - MSWTC develops the WTC Institute (501 C-3) with the purpose of providing education, training, and technical assistance to the Mississippi World Trade Center’s international cultural development and tourism committee’s programs.
October 2009- MSWTC hosts International Trade and Small Business Conference for Women and Minorities
February 2010 - MSWTC hosts the Delta Export Seminar
June 2010 - MSWTC hosts the Certified Global Business Professional Training and Exam Prep
October 2010 - MSWTC presents an International Food and Wine Festival
June 2011 - MSWTC hosts Global Entrepreneur Training
August 2011 - MSWTC goes to Mexico on Business Develpment Mission
November 2011 - MSWTC 10th Anniversary celebration
February 2012 - MSWTC hosts Foreign Trade Zone Seminar
January 2013- MSWTC becomes a founding partner of the WTC Mississippi River Alliance, an organization that unites key stakeholders and businesses that rely on the Mississippi River.
April 2013 - MSWTC presents Multi-Modal Transport: Cornerstone of the Global Economy - Intermodal Transportation Conference
2013 - MSWTC achieves Silver Level Certification
October 2014 - MSWTC hosts "Lessons for Doing Global Business" seminar
April 2015 - MSWTC represents Mississippi at the World Trade Center Member Seminar in Manila, Philippines
May 2015 - MSWTC hosts Global Business Leadership Program with talks on trade in Cuba
May 2016 -MSWTC hosts the 16th annual Gulf Coast Trade Alliance exploring the opportunities in markets across the globe with speakers from 7 different nations
To unify efforts of stimulating international trade in Mississippi, the MSWTC was formed through a partnership between the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development Services.
Other Important Parterships
The United States Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, the International Trade Clubs of Mississippi, the Mississippi District Export Council, BellSouth, the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and educational institutions from across the state. These ties allow the MSWTC to better connect state and regional governmental agencies with Mississippi-based member businesses involved in international trade.
The World Trade Center Today
Provides trade assistance for Mississippi WTC members
Has more than 145 active members
Connects businesses locally and globally
Provides educational seminars and networking opportunities
Offers practical trade information, market data and product research
Spearheads targeted industry sector initiatives
Links manufacturers and trade service providers
Partners with local, state and federal agencies involved in trade promotion and direct investment
- Fosters Economic Development in the state through its services to Mississippi members
- Promotes Foreign Direct Investment in Mississippi by Connecting Mississippi Businesses with the Global Community