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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. […] [...]

Certified Retirement Communities program has big impact on economy and social fabric of the state

Marcia A. Crawford and her recently retired husband moved from Nevada to the Mississippi Gulf Coast 10 months prior to Hurricane Katrina after conducting an extensive search for a home for their retirement. The couple has been very pleased with the small, streamside cottage on an acre of wooded land they purchased, and Crawford now […] [...]

CREATE ‘about quality of life’

The 40-year-old nonprofit CREATE Foundation has experienced tremendous growth in the last eight years, when its assets more than doubled from $30 million to about $64.5 million at the end of 2012. Driving the growth is Toyota’s $50-million endowment as well as CREATE’s successful challenge grant matches in the 17-county region where the nonprofit is […] [...]

MDA’s Marlo Dorsey faces biggest marketing task in the state

Marlo Dorsey, who stepped into the job as chief marketing director of the Mississippi Development Authority in early December, has hit the ground running in a job that remained vacant for more than a year. That has led to a backlog of demand for decisions on how to best market Mississippi. “Now, every time I […] [...]

Grammy Museum is expected to bring an economic boom to the Mississippi Delta

The first Grammy Museum outside Los Angeles is coming to Cleveland, and with it comes an economic boom for Cleveland, Bolivar County and the Delta. With a goal of raising $15 million and getting the project completed in the next 24 months, hopes are high. “The fund raising is going quite well,” said Allan Hammons, […] [...]

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