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It all changed with Katrina

by Published: June 20,2014

Tags: Business, education, Hurricane Katrina, insurance, Mississippi

The first Mississippi coastal wind residual market was created by the Legislature in 1972 stemming from a lack of voluntary market options partially as a result of Hurricane Camille losses incurred in 1969.  The first version covered both fire and wind/hail perils, but the plan was amended in 1987 to include wind and hail only […] [...]

Baker Donelson’s new offices are expected to reflect company’s mission, image

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: accounting, Baker Donelson, law, Mississippi, real estate

The Baker Donelson law firm June 25 on its new buiding in the District at Eastwood, not far from where the firm is presently located in northeast Jackson. “We have a great space now in two buildings that are connected by a walkway,” said Bill Painter, managing shareholder of the Jackson office of Baker Donelson. “But […] [...]

Employment outlook appears good for Mississippi accounting graduates

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: accounting, Business, law, Mississippi

School’s out and accounting graduates — like all graduates — are looking for employment. What’s the status of the accounting job scene? Three accounting professionals from different backgrounds are optimistic about accounting jobs. Beth Burgess, CEO of the Burgess Group and current president of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, has spent her career […] [...]

Labor shortage could have impact on rebuilding after April 28 tornadoes

Contractors are slowly starting to get to work repairing and rebuilding structures that were damaged or destroyed in the April 28 tornadoes that hit the Louisville and Tupelo areas particularly hard. “A few folks are already working,” said Kenneth Estes, owner of Estes Building and Remodeling in Saltillo and president of the Home Builders & […] [...]

Construction booming at state universities

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: Business, construction, education, Mississippi

Construction is on the upswing at the state’s universities. Some have major projects under way after a dry spell of several years. Currently there are six projects in construction or just finishing at Mississippi Valley State University. Director for Physical Facilities Management and Campus Planning Tommy Verdell Jr. is busy as the work continues to […] [...]

Statewide building code welcomed, but some jurisdictions may opt out

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: Business, construction, Mississippi, real estate

The Mississippi Legislature’s enactment of a statewide building code received a lot of support from the insurance industry, as well as the construction community in the state. But the legislation includes an opt-out clause allowing counties and cities to decline to participate, and that is a possibility for rural areas of the state that have […] [...]

BREAKING GROUND — Mississippi Land Bank sees growth in rural lending

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Mississippi Land Bank, real estate

Business has been booming at Mississippi Land Bank, the 90-plus-year-old financial services provider whose staff specializes in lending for rural living and agricultural customers across the northern part of the state. Mississippi Land Bank is a private cooperative, owned by its borrowers through the purchase of stock. the amount of stock is determined by the […] [...]

Katy Tillman has a passion for banking, food and fitness

By profession she’s a loan administrator with Southern AgCredit, but cooking is an important part of Katy Tillman’s life. Now a resident of Flora, she grew up in Vicksburg where she spent lots of time in the kitchen with her mother and grandmothers as far back as she can remember. That background and love of […] [...]

Bankers’ INTEREST means NO INTEREST for Habitat for Humanity

IN 28 YEARS, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area has built 590 homes and rehabilitated and/or weatherized more than 155 homes, making it the largest single-family housing developer in Jackson and one of the top Habitat affiliates in the nation. The goal is to help low to moderate income families attain home ownership which in […] [...]

Tech Master program a huge success

by Published: May 26,2014

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A pilot program in seven high schools in the state that is designed to improve the state’s workforce — while giving high school graduates better job and educational opportunities — has been more successful than expected with 200 graduating seniors recognized from the new Mississippi Scholars Tech Master program. The new program is the brainchild […] [...]

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