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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 […] [...]

GENERATION Y: Planners learning to adjust

by Published: May 9,2014

Tags: Business, financial planning, generation Y, Mississippi

When it comes to doing business with Millennials, it’s best to be as comfortable using technology as they are. And they were born to it. Pew Research calls Millennials “digital natives.” In a social trends report published in March on Millennials in Adulthood, Pew researchers said Millennials are “at the leading edge of this social […] [...]

IKE TROTTER: Understanding the impact of incapacity

Incapacity is a relatively new medical and financial definition meaning you are unable to take care of yourself or your day-to-day affairs. Incapacity can result from serious physical injury, mental or physical illness, mental retardation, advancing age and alcohol or drug abuse. Even with today’s medical miracles, it’s a real possibility that you or your […] [...]

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