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Basking in good news

It has been an exciting time for the South Mississippi business community the past few weeks.

First, word came that the European Aeronautics, Defence and Space Co. had narrowed its choices for a new $600-million air refueling tanker manufacturing facility to four sites, and one of those sites is in Hancock County. Some 1,000 workers could be employed there.

Then May 9th, NASA selected the Stennis Space Center, also in Hancock County, as the site for its Shared Services Center. This move will bring 450 new jobs with an average salary of $50,000 annually. The facility is expected to be operational in October.

These announcements came in the wake of grumblings about a national business magazine’s take on what’s happening on the Coast, referring to the area as a “basket case” and “a mess.”

While challenges confront every part of Mississippi when it comes to economic development, we adamantly disagree with such a characterization of the Coast.

What’s the real story? Big things are happening in South Mississippi and on the Coast, and we think that bigger news and even better days are coming.

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