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BLAKE WILSON: Danny Mitchell was a remarkable business leader, a better friend

    Danny Mitchell – the retired leader of the GodwinGroup – died last weekend. He was a remarkable business leader, a tireless volunteer in his community and at his alma mater, Southern Miss and a loyal and steadfast friend to me and many others. During his 30 years of involvement at the GodwinGroup, he […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Pence chooses Medicaid solution over rhetoric

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, republicans, Tea Party

Most real TEA Partiers know of Mike Pence.   The uncompromising champion of lower taxes, smaller government, and earmark reform, Pence served six terms in Congress, including time as chairman of the hard-core conservative Republican Study Group. He was a member of the TEA Party Caucus, got a 95% grade from the Club for Growth […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Kudzu-like government thwarts cutbacks

by Published: September 8,2014

Tags: Business, government, Mississippi

It’s budget time again for the Mississippi Legislature. More money is needed to fund schools, community colleges, universities, highways, Medicaid, Corrections, public safety, mental health, and so on. Oh, and a tax cut too. Revenue growth can cover part, but not all. So, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will, once again, painstakingly pick winners and […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Gov. Bryant offers tough love for the orphan

Governor Phil Bryant met last week with Mississippi’s Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist leaders to discuss the plight of “legal” refugee children seeking help and homes in our state. These seemingly well-meaning religious leaders urged Bryant not to block the resettling of immigrant children to potential homes in Mississippi. Bryant said “no,” but made an even […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Approaches to leverage social media branding

When considering the best ways to approach social media branding for your company, organization or product, there are numerous strategies to make a splash in the digital domain. A recent conference about harnessing the power of social media hosted by Columbia Business School’s Center for Global Brand Leadership highlighted top social strategies to make your […] [...]

MCCULLOUGH: Common sense energy policy can work for U.S.

by Published: September 4,2014

Tags: Business, energy, Mississippi, natural gas, nuclear

If there’s one reason Washington should keep an eye on legislation south of the border, it’s so that Mexico doesn’t leave the U.S. in the dust when it comes to energy resource development. Yes, the U.S. is in the midst of its own energy boom, but neither oil and gas production nor global energy markets […] [...]

BLACKWELL: Passing on financial wisdom to your children

by Published: September 4,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, Regions Bank

The time of year when children head back to school provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate what they are learning — and what we are teaching them. As parents and grandparents, we teach them to read and write, to wash the car and mow the lawn, to bait a hook and build a fire. We […] [...]

Jindal Tubular USA acquires PSL North America

by Published: September 2,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi

BAY ST. LOUIS — The $6 million expansion of the former PSL North America plant in Port Bienville Industrial Park is moving forward under the new ownership of Jindal Tubular USA. Jindal Tubular USA acquired the assets of PSL North America for $104 million. The sale, which was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District […] [...]

Jackson to get C Spire’s high-speed internet

by Published: September 2,2014

Tags: C Spire, Fiber to the Home, Hu Meena, Tony Yarber

Special to the MBJ Jackson municipal leaders and C Spire executives announced an agreement today help Jackson become one of nation’s most technologically advanced cities by offering residents ultra-high speed 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) Fiber to the Home broadband Internet access. The Ridgeland-based telecommunications and technology services firm built relationships with nine other Mississippi […] [...]

Jackson area’s Habitat revises methods to save money for itself and homeowners

by Published: August 29,2014

Tags: Business, Habitat for Humanity, JACKSON, Jimmy Carter, Mississippi

Ever since Greg Buyan became construction manager of Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area about a year ago, the organization has been looking at the methods and principles it uses in the homes it builds. The nonprofit’s first goal is to ensure that its homes are affordable, safe and healthy, sustainable and responsible (less waste, […] [...]

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