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Jeffrey B.

Rupp 108 Oakmont Road * Starkville, MS 39759 (662) 324-1890

Experience: Community Development and Relations Coordinator, Office of Finance and Administr ation, Mississippi State University. May 2008 - Present Work with cities and counties in Mississippi assisting in economic and community development projects. Mississippi State University is the largest university i n the state. Part of our mission as a land grand institution is to leverage the resources of MSU to assist communities around the state with their economic and community development projects. Job includes working with state and local economic development groups, as well a s our congressional delegation in Washington, to create jobs, improve education, clean up brownfields, re-use existing dormant facilities, facilitate workforce development and conduct strategic planning for communities. Special Assistant to the President for Marketing & Development, Mississippi State University. August 2006 - May 2008 Work directly with the President of MSU to leverage research and resources at Mi ssissippis largest university to promote economic development throughout the sta te. Projects include: On-going development of the Riley Center, Meridian, MS. The Riley Center in Me ridian is an old opera house that underwent a $30 million renovation into a conc ert, convention and education venue run by Mississippi State University. Lyle L ovett, the Smothers Brothers and Wynton Marsalis are just a few of the entertain ers who have performed at the center. The latest project involves adding an edu cational component that would attract students and help revitalize the downtown area. I am also working closely with our congressional delegation to fund a $3 million project to broadcast performances from the Riley Center. Represented the Presidents Office in Washington; met frequently with the Missis sippi congressional delegation on issues important to MSU, met with Japanese amb assador at his home in Washington during reception in honor of Emperors birthday to discuss partnership on research and development of composite aircraft with H onda, met with representatives from National Endowment for the Arts on funding f or Riley Center. Working with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), university of ficials and private engineering firms on two significant new road projects at Mi ssissippi State. The two projects total over $10 million. Represent the university on the executive board of our local economic developme nt partnership. This group is directly involved in recruiting business and indu stry to the area and for developing strategies for future economic development e fforts. Responsibilities include hosting prospects during site visits. Work with MSCAT, the Mississippi State Community Action Team. This outreach pr ogram at MSU assists communities throughout the state with their development iss ues. Currently working on an annexation presentation to be given to statewide e lected officials at their annual conference in June. Mayor, City of Columbus, Mississippi. July 2001-August 2006 The mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the city. Oversaw an $18 million bu dget as well as 275 employees. Responsibilities included representing the commun ity on economic development and transportation issues. Notable successes includ

e: Member of the team that recruited American Eurocopter, an EADS company that now employs several hundred employees manufacturing helicopters for the United Stat es Army. Helped recruit Severcorr, a hi-tech steel mill, to Columbus. The project has c reated more than 750 jobs and spurred capital investment of close to one-billion dollars in the local industrial park. Recruited American Power source to Columbus. The company manufactures governme nt uniforms. These jobs cannot be exported overseas. As mayor I saw a need for a cut and sewing operation to get displaced garment workers back on the job. W e have a large air force base in Columbus so making Air Force BDUs (Basic Dress Uniforms) seemed a logical fit. The city refitted an old boot factory to house the new operation. Worked with Main Street Columbus to revitalize our downtown. As a result Colum bus was chosen by Main Street Incorporated as having the best downtown in the st ate. Established a tax-increment-financing (TIF) district in the City of Columbus Made numerous site visits around the country investigating business and industr ial leads for the City of Columbus. States visited include Massachusetts, Tennes see, Kentucky, Virginia and Alabama. Vice-President of News, Imes Communications. 1996-2001 Did strategic planning for the four stations in the Imes Communications group i ncluding; capital expenses, on-air look and content, increasing revenue streams Lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill on broadcast related issues including the rol lout of digital television Produced and/or moderated U.S. Congressional and gubernatorial debates in Missi ssippi. Assisted in producing presidential primary debates with CNN at WMUR, our televi sion station in Manchester, New Hampshire Was liaison for Imes Communications with CNN and CBS News Director, WCBI-TV, Columbus, Mississippi. 1996-2001 Supervised Newsroom, including budgeting, hiring, business development Assisted with client relations, representing WCBI at political, social and comm unity functions Anchored 6 p.m. and other newscasts Reported on local, state and national politics Had editorial control of newscasts Hosted award winning series on the outdoors Education: Masters in Public Administration, Mississippi State University May 2010 GPA: 4.0 Economic Development Institute, University of Oklahoma Completed December 2009 Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, June 2006 Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1984 Awards-Committees: Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Inducted April 2010 Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. Inducted November, 2009 Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, 2005 Member of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbours Special Task Force for Economic D evelopment 2004 Appointed to Momentum Mississippi, an education/economic development initiative

, by Governor Haley Barbour, 2004 Columbus Air Force Base Wingman, 2004 (One of only 15 in the 65-year history of the base) Columbus Air Force Base Honorary Commander, 2003 President Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association, 1999 Mississippi Conservation Communicator of the Year, 1991