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In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Jeffrey Rupp, director of outreach for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach at Mississippi State University.

Rupp, also an alderman in the city of Starkville, talks about the E-center, it’s missions, its successes and how it helps reduce brain drain. He also discusses his career in the media and as mayor of Columbus, Miss – and his time playing rock and roll.

Rupp stresses that one way to reduce brain drain is to encourage entrepreneurship and to do that, listen to what young entrepreneurs want in the towns they live in.



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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.