Archive for the ‘Economic Development’ Category

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Thigpen first at bat for chamber, tourism, economic development and Main Street program in Cleveland

When it comes to heading up the local chamber of commerce and economic development programs, who better than someone who grew up in the area and loves it so much that he has stayed practically his entire life? That fits the description for Judson Thigpen III, executive director of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. […] [...]

“The Help” Leads Box Office

by Published: August 21,2011

Tags: Brent's Drugs, Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo: “On the bright side, The Help climbed to the top spot… while Rise of the Planet of the Apes took second. The Help eased 21 percent to an estimated $20.5 million, lifting its total to $71.8 million in 12 days. It marked the first time since early January that […] [...]

Innovation showcase

by Published: July 10,2011

Tags: electrical equipment, energy efficiency, Irby Electric

The 85,000-square-foot warehouse/office complex wholesaler Irby Electric expects to open in six months will be much more than a building to store and distribute the tens of thousands of electrical equipment pieces and parts the company keeps on hand. The $5-million building will showcase the energy efficient and environmentally sustainable products the 85-year-old Jackson company […] [...]

Rebounding Gulfport positioning itself for new trade era’s arrival

by Published: July 10,2011

Tags: GULFPORT, Panama Canal, port, trade

Completion of the Port of Gulfport’s rebuilding should coincide well with the expected trade growth from the expanded Panama Canal as well as Latin America, port officials say. Port director Don Allee may not get the 50-foot shipping channel the Port of Gulfport would need to take full advantage of a massive increase in Asian […] [...]

Mississippi Main Street honors Pascagoula’s Davis

The work of Rebecca Davis in helping Pascagoula gain new life after the destruction of Katrina won her Mississippi Main Street Association’s Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award, an annual honor that goes to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to the community and program. Davis received the award at the Mississippi Main […] [...]

‘The Tunica Miracle’

The memories of Sugar Ditch Alley and the nation’s highest rate of poverty made infamous by a 1960s network television documentary have all but faded in Tunica County. An impoverished neighborhood in the Town of Tunica, Sugar Ditch Alley was so named for the open sewer located there. With the advent of the gaming industry […] [...]

Starkville isn’t the same old sleepy Starkville that most Mississippians knew 20 years ago

by Published: April 17,2011

Tags: Main Street, STARKVILLE, Starkville Main Street

This is not your daddy’s sleepy, little college town. For the past two decades, merchants in downtown Starkville have quietly transformed a city that was considered to be a poor third behind other Mississippi college towns such as Oxford and Hattiesburg. No more. Award-winning restaurants, boutique retail and other specialty shops and attractions are the […] [...]

Miller helps build the Columbus downtown one person at a time

To those that know her, Jan Miller does not just meet people – she meets friends. Miller admits that she’s never met a stranger. “I guess I get my personality from my mother,” said Miller, a district director for Mississippi Main Street Association whose territory covers almost half the state. “She worked for the commissioner […] [...]

Scholars program making waves

In a rare instance of win-win, Mississippi businesses from Olive Branch to Ocean Springs are increasingly emphasizing a need for students to become scholars. Specifically, Mississippi Scholars, that is. The Mississippi Scholars Program is a rewards and recognition system designed to provide high school students who elect to participate within guidelines that will help them […] [...]

Cruisin’, catfish and Elvis

Mississippi has a wealth of festivals in every nook and cranny of the state. But, do these myriad festivals which showcase our history, culture, heritage and people bring any wealth to the communities that host them? There seems to be no central clearing house tracking the economic impact of festivals. Dr. Bob Neal, senior economist […] [...]

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