Archive for the ‘Economic Development’ Category

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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 […] [...]

More state farmers favoring peanut crops

by Published: August 30,2013

Tags: agriculture, economic development, farming, peanuts

Peanuts, long associated with the states of Georgia and Virginia, are gaining favor among Mississippi farmers who are adding the nuts in rotation with their more traditional crops. Back in the 1940s it was common for Mississippi farmers to plant peanuts but they disappeared for the most part until a comeback began in 2005. Don […] [...]

Matching firms, foreign markets vital part of state’s trade plan

The way Mississippi Development Authority officials see it, helping to match businesses in the state with foreign markets is as practical as a financial planner advising a client to diversify an investment portfolio. MDA’s efforts include setting up meetings for Mississippi business leaders in foreign countries, organizing trade fairs and overseeing a network of representatives […] [...]

State’s creative economy employs 64,000 people

Officials looking to add to sector Although creativity has abounded in Mississippi as long as anyone can remember, the concept of treating that creative force as part of the state’s economic development has been around only a few years. Discussions began in 2009 between the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission. The two […] [...]

Waller makes MEC go

by Published: May 10,2013

Tags: MEC, Mississippi Economic Council, Scott Waller

Former journalist carves out  new, successful career at the MEC Making the career transition from journalism to economic development turned out to be not that much of a stretch, says Scott Waller, senior vice president of public affairs for the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. It’s all about building relationships, he said. […] [...]

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