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Mississippi Delta profiting from high grain commodity prices

As ag goes, so goes the economy of the Delta. Hence, high commodity prices this year for agriculture have translated into a major boost for the region’s economy. “It was a strong year for agriculture with high commodity prices especially in the grain crops,” said Frank Howell, director of the Delta Council Development Department. “A lot of our producers experienced ...

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Biggest news in North Mississippi? No surprise there: TOYOTA

The year 2007 will long be remembered as one defining Northeast Mississippi for many years to come with the successful attraction of a new Toyota manufacturing plant that will have the capacity to build 150,000 Toyota Highland sport utility vehicles (SUVs) per year after it begins operation in 2010. The announcement in February that Toyota’s eighth plant in the U.S. ...

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Tunica attracting more visitors as casino charters double in 2007

Tunica continues to grow in reputation and visitorship, all helped by increases in service at the Tunica Airport that are bringing in record numbers of visitors on charter aircrafts to visit the Casino Capital of the South, the largest gaming area between Las Vegas, Nev., and Atlantic City. “I think the year 2007 will go down as one with major ...

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Coast moving beyond recovery, making significant progress

Two years have passed since Hurricane Katrina, and 2007 has shown that while significant challenges remain, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is back open for business, says Brian Sanderson, president of the Gulf Coast Business Council. “Our tourism industry announced unprecedented goals to achieve ‘tier one’ status,” Sanderson said. “More airlines are flying into the Coast than ever before and with ...

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Existing business expansions key part of Pine Belt’s growth

The Pine Belt region encompassing Laurel, Hattiesburg and surrounding counties continued to build on the strength of existing businesses to garner strong economic growth in 2007. One of the state’s most successful homegrown companies, Howard Industries, held an open house in April for two new facilities, a new corporate headquarters and Howard Technology Solutions building and a Transformer Substation Plant. ...

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Large projects touching down around the Golden Triangle

The leading economic developers of the Golden Triangle give high marks to 2007 as they reflect on the year that’s coming to a close. Brenda Lathan, vice president of economic development for the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, Tim Climer, president of The Growth Alliance in West Point, and David Thornell, president and CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, say it’s ...

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New chief a great asset in fight against crime, biz leaders say

Jackson business leaders are pleased that Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin is now serving as the city’s police chief and are optimistic that the dual role will serve to strengthen crime prevention. Several feel the perception of crime in Jackson is greater than the reality. “I couldn’t be more enthusiastic and excited about his appointment as police chief,” said Leland ...

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Optimism about Jackson’s future underpins new projects

Excitement and enthusiasm. That’s the mood of many in Jackson’s business community after a busy 2007. The Capital City is on an upswing with new construction and developments and revitalization in progress downtown and beyond. “The best thing is the explosion of economic activity, highlighted by the re-birth of the King Edward (hotel) and the Pinnacle,” said Ben Allen, president ...

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Design-build method accelerates bridge-building process on Coast

Two lanes are open on the new U.S. 90 bridges on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with final completion expected within the next few months. With the urgency to replace the bridges destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, thus re-connecting the three coastal counties, the design-build method has played a critical role in the process. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) was granted ...

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