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ALAN TURNER: Joel Bomgar an entrepreneur and budding politician

  At 35, Joel Bomgar has accomplished more than most business professionals achieve in a lifetime.  He took a concept he came up with in his undergraduate years at Belhaven, and started a company with that concept in the very next week after he graduated. The rest was a very fast forwarded record of success that took the company from ...

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ALAN TURNER: Sumesh Arora says innovation is the key to economic prosperity in Mississippi

  Recently, we had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Sumesh Arora, vice president with Innovate Mississippi, to discuss some of the positive economic trends and opportunities throughout the state. Sumesh earned a degree in engineering, followed by a master’s in Material Sciences, and finally culminated with a Ph.D from the University of Southern Mississippi.  In the early part of ...

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Beth Hansen: A healthy real estate market means a healthy economy

    In a recent meeting with Beth Hansen, CEO of the Mississippi Association of Realtors, we discussed Mississippi’s real estate market and its recovery from the shock of the housing crisis. “A healthy real estate market generally means a healthy and growing economy,” she said.  “And while we still have significant challenges, we’re seeing a good recovery from the ...

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Dick Hall: Mississippi’s economic future is tied to its highway system

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At a recent luncheon sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, Highway Commissioner Dick Hall talked about the importance of highways and transportation to the economic health and future of Mississippi. “Obviously, if you don’t have a good transportation network, then companies who might come to Mississippi will ask themselves whether they can get their goods in and ...

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ALAN TURNER: Education in Mississippi – good and bad news

At a recent lunch meeting sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright delivered an assessment of public education in Mississippi. To her credit, Dr. Wright didn’t sugarcoat the problems facing Mississippi’s schools, acknowledging that Mississippi continues to sit at the bottom of state rankings in education.  Among other problems, our state ...

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ALAN TURNER: Joe Donovan – Entrepreneur with community spirit

  Joe Donovan was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and perhaps that may help to explain in a small way why much of what he has touched in his career has turned to gold. Currently serving as the executive director of the Mississippi Center of Non-Profits, and, as the head of the Entrepreneurial Development program at Millsaps, Joe is quite ...

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MARTY WISEMAN: The current racial strife and the failure to educate

A sentiment being expressed with all too great a frequency lately is one characterized by a growing bewilderment at the widening of the chasm in race relations in America.  With each incident where a person of color is the ultimate recipient of action on the part of law enforcement our inability to communicate with each other and our differing interpretations ...

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Jay Moon: Bullish on Mississippi’s manufacturing future

  By ALAN TURNER Jay Moon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, proudly says that his family roots can be traced back to Virginia in the 1500’s.  These days, his roots are firmly anchored in Mississippi. “I’ve been here since Cliff Finch was Governor,” he said with a smile. Jay, who holds a Master’s of Public ...

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ALAN TURNER: The Mississippi Braves — a 100-win season?

  Steve DeSalvo, general manager of the Mississippi Braves, is currently in his 29th year with the Braves organization, having started when the minor league team was based in Greenville, S.C.  He is a man with a passion for the sport. “I love baseball,” he said in a recent meeting. “My dream job was always going to be in baseball….not ...

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