What does “New Economy” mean?

Throughout the United States, communities are organizing to address the systemic ailments of our economy that produce low-wage service jobs, insecure employment, international outsourcing, racial and gender inequalities, and chronic wealth and health inequities. More and more communities are also organizing to confront the mounting threats of climate change and ecological collapse, produced in large part by our oil dependent economy. Many of these communities are turning to worker owned and democratic enterprises committed to sustainable methods of production and distributions to create practical solutions to both….(of these systemic issues).

These worker owned and democratically controlled enterprises are largely driven by principles – like equity, reciprocity, solidarity, and sustainability – and democratic and participatory decision making practices at the points of production and distribution which foster greater productivity, income equity, and equality.

This emerging “cooperative” or “solidarity economy” that is committed to ecological sustainability, worker ownership, democratic control, and principles of non-exploitation is the “New Economy” that we are focused on cultivating and developing in Jackson via the Jackson Rising Conference.

How will the conference aid in the development of cooperatives in Jackson?

The Jackson Rising Conference will start the cooperative development process by focusing on the following:

  1. Providing education on what Cooperatives are, what they do and how they benefit their members and community by highlighting existing models and best practices from existing Cooperatives in Mississippi, the Southeast region and throughout the country. The objective is to foster an interest in Cooperative Entrepreneurship to meet community needs.
  2. Providing space to engage in public discussion and strategy development on creating the public policy infrastructure necessary in Jackson and the state of Mississippi to support various types of Cooperatives.
  3. Providing space to explore, better support and resource the existing Cooperatives and Credit Unions in Jackson. And strengthen emerging Cooperative development initiatives and foster the development of new Cooperatives in the city.

Where should I stay?

Currently four local hotels are providing a discounted rate for conference attendees.  Cabot Lodge Millsaps, Holiday Inn Express Jackson-Coliseum, Sleep Inn and Suites Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown . Click here for more hotel info.

Where is Jackson State and where will the conference be located on the campus?

Registration, plenaries and meals will be held on the east side of the campus at the Walter Payton Center, the the Student Center, The School of Business, and the Liberal Arts Building. Click here for a map of the campus and here for directions.

Due to commencement on Friday, May 2nd, please avoid using the Ellis Ave exit off of Highway 20 and use the University Blvd exit instead. Lynch Street should be avoided due to heavy traffic.

How will I get to the hotel from the airport?

There is very limited local transportation. In order to accommodate conference participants coming from out of town, we have set up a shuttle bus that will make limited trips from the airport to designated hotels and JSU.

The hotels with a block of reserved rooms with discounted rates for participants will be the priority for shuttle stops. Please see the list of hotels here. The airport has a waiting area with free wifi. Taxis are also available at the airport. The shuttles will run on the following schedule:

Thursday, May 1, 2014 Friday, May 2, 2014 Sunday, May 1, 2014
12pm Airport to Hotels 12pm Airport to Hotels 9am Hotel to Airport
5pm Airport to Hotels 4pm*Airport to JSU 12:30pm JSU Airport
9pm Airport to Hotels 8pm Airport to Hotels 3:30pm JSU to Airport

The airport shuttle will be a 15-passenger van with a driver holding a sign that says “Jackson Rising.” (Or look for a van with a Jackson Rising sign). If you cannot find the van, please call James at (601) 540-3050.  To sign up for airport shuttles, please complete this survey.

How to I get to the conference site from the hotel? 

For those who will have car transportation, parking will be available on the campus of JSU.

We will provide local transportation from designated hotels to Jackson State University in the morning before the program begins, and in the evening at the end. The hotels with a block of reserved rooms with discounted rates for participants will be the priority for shuttle stops. Please see the list of hotels here. The shuttle schedule is below:

  • Cabot Lodge Millsaps – 7:30am
  • Holiday Inn Jackson-Coliseum – 7:45am
  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown – 7:30am
  • Sleep Inn & Suites Downtown – 7:45am

If you are staying at a hotel other than one of the designated conference hotels, please indicate which one on the logistics form. We will do our best to accommodate people but we have limited transportation capacity.

The shuttle will return people to their hotels at the end of each conference day (9:30pm on Friday and Saturday).

We cannot guarantee that shuttle transportation can be provided outside these designated times.

How much will registration be for the conference?

REGISTRATION FEES Early Pre-Registration(Ends April 1, 2014) Pre-Registration (After April 1, 2014) On-Site Registration
Local Jackson/Mississippi $20 $25 $30
National/International $60 $75 $100
Academics/Foundations $150 $200 $250

*No Jacksonian will be turned away if you can not pay for registration.

Register Now! Pre-Registration will close May 1, 2014 at 5pm Central.

Where will registration take place? 

Registration will take place at the Walter Payton Center on the Jackson State University campus at the following days/times:

  • Friday, May 2 from 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, May 3 from 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday, May 4 from 8:00am – 2:00pm

Will food be provided?

A limited number of meals will be provided. The number of people who register will be used to estimate the number of meals we need to provide. Meals for the conference include Friday dinner, Saturday continental breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and a light lunch. Food vendors will also be on-site to increase our food capacity and provide more options.

Will there be childcare?

Yes, we will have childcare available for infants and children up to age 10. There is a childcare space with toys and arts and crafts at the Walter Payton Center. We will also have an outdoor jump house. Parents will be responsible to pick up child(ren) for meal times.


Contact the Jackson Rising Organizing Committee

Email: jacksonrising@gmail.com

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