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Mississippi Economic Policy Center becomes Hope Policy Institute

October 15th, 2015

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union) recently announced the retirement of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC) brand and the launch of the Hope Policy Institute. The creation of the Hope Policy Institute recognizes the historical and ongoing importance of policy work in the attainment of HOPE’s mission.

“Through independent analysis grounded in over two decades of experience, the Institute seeks to influence public policies and the practices of private institutions in the allocation of resources to ensure that all people in the Mid South prosper,” said Dr. Corey Wiggins, director of Hope Policy Institute. “This translational policy framework maximizes HOPE’s impact and drives the transformation of individuals and communities.”

Like MEPC, Hope Policy Institute will continue to be a reliable source of data-driven analysis that informs public debates on policy issues related to financial inclusion, budget and tax matters, health care, education and economic security in Mississippi.  The Institute will also engage in policy advocacy throughout the Mid South states and at the federal level.

Learn more about Hope Policy Institute at or by following the Institute on Facebook and Twitter.

About Hope Enterprise Corporation

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation, Hope Credit Union and Hope Policy Institute) is a community development financial institution, community development intermediary and policy institute that provides affordable financial services; leverages private, public and philanthropic resources; and engages in policy analysis in order to fulfill its mission of strengthening communities, building assets, and improving lives in economically distressed parts of the Mid South. Since 1994, HOPE has generated over $2 billion in financing and related services for the unbanked and underbanked, entrepreneurs, homeowners, nonprofit organizations, health care providers and other community development purposes. Collectively, these projects have benefitted more than 650,000 individuals throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.



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