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State economic development leaders optimistic of 2015

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and […] [...]

Mary Martha Henson brings a variety of experiences to MEDC leadership position

Although she feels she has some big shoes to fill at the helm of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Mary Martha Henson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position she assumed less than two years ago. She serves as the executive director and chief operating officer of the statewide organization of economic […] [...]

After 8 months, Byram recycling program growing

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, Byrum, environment, Going Green, Mississippi, NEWS

The City of Byram’s Ready, Set, Recycle! Program kicked off in April and has been well-received by residents, said Lareka Washington, the city’s grants coordinator. Officials already are looking at expanding hours for the volunteer recycling program. The program is funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Residents have been dropping […] [...]

Let there be LED — One of state’s smallest towns implementing a bright idea

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, environmental, Going Green, lighting, Mississippi, NEWS

Walnut Grove in Leake County may be one of the state’s smallest towns, but it’s on the cutting edge of street lighting with the recent addition of LEDs (light emitting diodes) along its streets. The town of 1,900 residents is at the northern tip of Mississippi Power’s service territory and can now stake a claim […] [...]

VIDEO — Is business as we know it going to go the way of the Dodo?

by Published: December 17,2014

Tags: AT&T, Lyft, Singularity University, The Big Think, Uber, Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa of Singularity University returns talks to The Big Think as part of today’s featured video interview. The topic isdisruption: the phenomenon that occurs when radical innovations ignite revolutionary or evolutionary change in an industry. A simple example of this is what services like Lyft and Uber have done to disrupt the taxi industry. On a larger […] [...]

BUILDING BRIDGES — Civil engineer Cindy Rich manages time between family and projects

It has been said that modern women can’t have it all, raise a family while also climbing the career ladder and accomplishing great things at work. But Cindy Rich, a licensed civil engineer who is vice president and engineer manager for the structures department at Neel-Schaffer, Inc. has been able to oversee major engineering projects […] [...]

Curb appeal takes a turn toward commercial

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: architects and engineers, Business, Mississippi, NEWS

Business owners from mom-and-pops on Main Street to big-box national retailers are paying attention to their curb appeal as they build new storefronts. The most obvious reason for investing in appearances is to make the stores more inviting to customers but sometimes the improvements are required by the governing bodies where the business is located. […] [...]

MSU engineers cited for African water project

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Africa, Business, Mississippi, Mississippi State University, NEWS

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders is capturing national attention as its parent organization earns an award for international humanitarian work. Engineers Without Borders-USA recently was honored with the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association’s 2014 Spirit Award at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla. The recognition singled out the university chapter’s water […] [...]

Phosphate plant to begin shutdown

by Published: December 5,2014

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By Jack Weatherly Mississippi Phosphates Corp. will begin eliminating 175 jobs next week as it follows up on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition filed Oct. 27. The Pascagoula-based company said in a news release on Friday that it will stop production of diammonium phosphate early next week and that production of sulfuric acid will continue […] [...]

Where there’s smoke … there’s fired up doctors pushing lawmakers to make Mississippi a smoke-free state

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, smoking

For the sake of good health, a campaign against smoking is being waged across the country. Members of the Mississippi State Medical Association have joined that fight with Physicians for a Smoke-Free Mississippi Campaign. They hope to improve the state’s statistics which currently are lagging behind other states in the number of smoke-free communities and […] [...]

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