Mississippi Economic Commission President and CEO Blake Wilson, far left, chats with Mississippi State University representatives after speaking for MSU's Morris W.H. "Bill" Collins Speaker Series. From left: Wilson, Stennis Institute of Government Director Marty Wiseman, Stennis Montgomery Association President Breanna Pettigo and MSU Provost Jerry Gilbert. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Before himself becoming a connecting thread between Delaware and Mississippi, Blake Wilson found other such threads.
Now president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, Wilson worked at a Delaware newspaper at age 17, and he said his editor came from Mississippi. He later discovered that when current U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was still a Delaware senator, he was a close friend of Mississippi Sen. John Stennis. But beyond these ties, Wilson said there were important differences between Delaware and Mississippi made clear by Blueprint Mississippi, a research project looking at how Mississippi compared with 11 other states economically.
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