Home » OPINION » Columns » MBJ Editorial
Around-the-water-cooler speculation

MBJ Editorial

It’s been a long, hot summer in Mississippi, and the state’s business community hasn’t slowed down despite the heat and humidity. Enthusiasm and optimism remain the defining themes of the state’s economy even as the country’s leading economic indicators and most-keen observers suggest that we are in for a slowdown.

How would a cooling off, or even a recession, impact Mississippi? What would happen to the booming service sector fueled by gaming development? How would the state’s manufacturers fare? Our farmers? Bookstores, bakeries and banks? These scenarios are open to around-the-water-cooler speculation in offices from Booneville to Laurel, Natchez to Corinth and all points in between.

Perhaps the greatest attention in recent weeks has been focused on the Musgrove administration’s plans to retool Mississippi’s economic development efforts. Conversations, some heated, have been overheard in restaurants. Media attention has been thorough. E-mails and telephone calls have been received from folks outside of the state. All are wondering what’s going on, anyway. What’s the deal with the “Mississippi Miracle?”

Thankfully, with each passing day we move closer to this new, new thing for economic development.

Other hot business topics range from the ongoing saga of Jackson’s telecommunications center and convention center and downtown development to the staggering number of bank robberies in the Capital City of late. Highway funding (really, the lack of it), sales tax collections and judicial elections remain important. What impact could a Bush presidency have on the economy? Isn’t it time for college football?

Admit it. You can feel the excitement. The business buzz. It’s a great time to be hard at work in the Magnolia State.

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Staff Writer

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*