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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 […] [...]

Community pride key

Small-town upbringing, values lead Green to his ‘dream job’ Tommy Green admits he enjoyed a bucolic childhood growing up in the Mayberry-like town of Booneville. Typical of most of the small towns that dot the Northeast Mississippi landscape, Booneville is considered by its inhabitants as a mecca of family values and relationship building, says Green, […] [...]

Bridging divide to lending institutions

Forum on financial health held for small business owners, more planned Three pro-business entities came together to sponsor a forum to help minority and small business owners navigate the financial world, and planners say it won’t be the last such event. The forum, Preserving and Promoting the Financial Health of Mississippians, was held last week […] [...]

Metrocenter owner: Debt paid

Los Angeles-based owners will consider purchase offers for ailing mall but portions of mall to be shuttered A Los Angeles real estate investment partnership that owns Jackson’s Metrocenter Mall says it has caught up on the mall’s tardy debt and will avoid foreclosure. Meanwhile, Jackson Metrocenter Group, LLC, is willing to consider offers from prospective […] [...]

Land-use changes first up in U.S. 80 transformation plan

Jackson mayor wants timely movement on ‘Go-80’ strategy With the ailing Metrocenter Mall tagged as ground zero, Jackson’s U.S. 80 corridor would see a sweeping rezoning under a city strategy for attracting businesses that are more economically viable and more beneficial to the community than the string of used car lots, fast-food restaurants, lounges, liquor […] [...]

Despite economy and oil spill, officials say Coast had a good year in 2010

Economic development activity continues in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties Against the backdrop of a lingering recession, ongoing hurricane recovery and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, economic development continued this year in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. “We have been quite fortunate with our resident industries at Port Bienville and Stennis Airpark,” […] [...]

State’s retailers optimistic about season economy

Crucial final weeks before Christmas will tell the tale of potential success for retail business in 2010 The last weeks of the year are crucial for retailers who look to the holiday shopping season to improve the year’s bottom line. Like their national counterparts, Mississippi business owners welcome this time of year. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” […] [...]

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