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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Measurement plus metrics equals PR success & branding relevance

Measurement and metrics are integral and complex parts of our PR world, and it’s increasingly being driven by social media in the digital domain. In fact, the branding, PR, marketing and ad industries recently converged in Measurement Week 2014 in New York, a four-day conference focused on all things measurement, analytics, media success and ROI. […] [...]

Habitat Young Professionals’ Picnic at Cedars is Thursday evening

The Habitat Young Professionals third annual Picnic at the Cedars is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Cedars, 4145 Old Canton Road. The event is free, and is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area. Music is provided by The Red Hots. Take your own food, drinks and chairs. For more information, call 601.353.6060 or […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi’s in’adequate’ public schools

Public School Districts all over Mississippi are still signing up to sue the state for lack of funding according to the formula established under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP, as it is called, passed as law in 1997 and has only been “adequately” funded twice. 19 districts have signed on to the lawsuit so […] [...]

Josh Hill joins Butler Snow in Oxford

by Published: September 17,2014

Tags: accounting, Business, Lafayette County, law, Mississippi, Oxford

Butler Snow has announced that Joshua A. Hill has joined the firm’s Oxford office. Hill is a member of the firm’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Practice Group, and will focus his practice on pharmaceutical and medical device defense matters. “We’re excited about the unique experience and strong leadership skills that Josh brings to the firm,” […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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