Archive for the ‘Economic Development’ Category

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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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Waggoner Engineering involved with many ‘game changer’ economic development projects in the state

by Published: November 29,2013

Tags: Business, economic development, engineering, Mississippi

Waggoner Engineering has played a major role in some of the largest economic development projects in the state. “Waggoner has been really blessed with great opportunities to be involved with major projects that have served as ‘game-changers’ for Mississippi,” said Joe Waggoner, PE, PLS, chairman & CEO, Waggoner Engineering. “Two obvious projects with statewide impact […] [...]

MCEE’s goal is teaching students financial literacy

by Published: November 29,2013

Tags: Business, economic development, education, Mississippi

Teaching Mississippi students about money is a lofty goal, but since 2002 the Mississippi Council on Economic Education has been trying to do just that. This non-profit organization is a non-partisan educational entity founded to promote economic literacy in the state. The numbers show positive results as MCEE has trained 9,000 teachers who have in […] [...]

Greater Jackson Alliance pushes assets of whole region

by Published: November 29,2013

Tags: Business, economic development, JACKSON, Mississippi

When it comes to selling points, the Greater Jackson Alliance members lay claim to an impressive list, according to Ross Tucker, the GJA director and its chief salesman. “We have the largest population base in the state. We have the most colleges and universities within our area. We have a highly educated workforce and a […] [...]

While some businesses shrink Neel-Shaffer finds way to grow

by Published: August 30,2013

Tags: economy, engineering, Joey Hudnall, Neel-Schaffer

The regional planning and engineering powerhouse Neel-Schaffer Inc., is headed by a chief operating officer who has accomplished a lot at an early age. Joey Hudnall, 44, a native of Columbus, graduated from Mississippi State University in 1990 with a B.S. in civil engineering. He went to work for his father’s Columbus firm, Charles Hudnall […] [...]

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