Archive for the ‘Economic Development’ Category

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Southern Motion expanding in Baldwyn

MBJ staff Reclining furniture manufacturer Southern Motion is expanding operations at its facility in Baldwyn. The project represents a $600,000 investment and will create 60 jobs during the next 12 months, according to a release issued on Thursday.mm This expansion will bring employment at the facility to 235. Southern Motion also has operations in Pontotoc,  […] [...]

Developers withdraw zoning application for former country club

Jack Weatherly Developers who bought the former Colonial Country Club withdrew on Wednesday their application to rezone the 152 acres to mixed-use in face of opposition by homeowners associations in northeast Jackson. “Our client . . wishes to withdraw its application,” Jackson lawyer James Peden told the city Planning Board. “Our client has heard the […] [...]

Despite obstacles, craft beer industry growing

Can you name a new manufacturing sector in Mississippi that had an economic impact of more than $9 million last year and is expected to increase 139 percent in the next five years? The answer is the fledgling craft beer industry, which is growing in spite of a late start and legal hurdles that some […] [...]

Finding your flexible space — Regus banks on high demand for customizable work spaces

Trends are changing in the realm of providing space for economic development. While there is still a need for large, permanent facilities, there is also a trend for flexible, collaborative work spaces. In line with that trend, Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible work spaces, opened another facility in Mississippi with 13,000 square feet […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Bioplastics maker opens for business in East Mississippi

by Published: November 14,2014

Tags: ALGIX LLC, aquaculture, Bioplastics, SOLAPLAST

MARION, Mississippi — Bioplastics manufacturer ALGIX, LLC officially opened its doors Friday at the company’s SOLAPLAST facility here. The Lauderdale County project represents an $8.5 million corporate investment that economic development officials say will increase to $40 million and will create 100 jobs over the next three years. ALGIX’s new state-of-the-art facility features compounding equipment […] [...]

Jobs for Jacksonians — Program has found employment for more than 1,000 people since 2011, and continues to build

by Published: September 4,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Hinds County, JACKSON, Mississippi

The city of Jackson created an initiative in 2011 to help residents in the metro area find jobs during the economic downturn. The purpose of the Jobs for Jacksonians Program, which is free to participants, is to provide employment assistance and a single point of access to services to help job seekers enter or re-enter […] [...]

Projects a boost to D’Iberville — Casino approval, new retail growth adding to coast city’s economy

by Published: January 24,2014

Tags: Business, casinos, economic development, gaming, Gulf Coast, Mississippi

Two large projects are in the works that will add to the economic vitality of the city of D’Iberville. A busy interchange of Interstate 10 is located in this Harrison County city and is at the hub of recent retail growth. Now another shopping complex is on the drawing board for the southwest side of […] [...]

Byram mayor believes new Walmart will bring more growth to Jackson suburb

by Published: January 24,2014

Tags: Byrum, economic development, Mississippi, Walmart

Besides being mayor of Byram, Richard White is also a small businessman, operating a tire and auto shop in the young suburban city south of Jackson. But recently announced plans for Walmart to build a new store in Byram doesn’t overly concern him about his business. Despite the normal anti-Walmart grumblings in the background, he […] [...]

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