Archive for the ‘Predictions for 2010’ Category

Moon: 2010 could hinge on politics

by Published: December 28,2009

Tags: economy, manufacturing, Politics, recession

The state’s manufact- uring sector certainly has not been exempt from the recession. Workers have lost their jobs and plants have been idled, and some closed all together, as demand dropped. The past few months have offered some signs of life, according to Jay Moon, president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. “A lot […] [...]

Burnham sees difficult times ahead

by Published: December 28,2009

Tags: education, Mississippi

Dr. Tom Burnham, the state’s newly-named state superintendent of education, for the last couple of months has been traveling the state, meeting with school and community leaders, and generally preparing for the issues he will be facing in 2010. One prediction is certain — there will be issues. Burnham is forecasting a difficult year for […] [...]

Be realistic with the stock market in 2010

  Though not a soothsayer, state economist Phil Pepper believes predicting the economic forecast for 2010 is rather simple.   Be realistic, he says. “I think we will see the economy improve gradually in 2010,” he said.  “But the growth will be slower than what people want or expect. I’d say I’m not optimistic or […] [...]

Tourism faces more challenges in 2010

by Published: December 28,2009

Tags: economy, Mississippi, recession, tourism

  Excuse those in the state’s tourism industry if they do not shed a tear for 2009 as it comes to an end. The recession, job losses and the corresponding drop in discretionary spending made this year quite forgettable. There was a 7 percent decrease in visitor expenditures and direct tourism employment in FY2009 compared […] [...]

Mississippi Main Street confident heading into a new year

If November national sales figures are any indication, retail sales and consumer confidence may be higher for Mississippians in 2010. Retail sales climbed 1.3 percent last month, more than double the 0.6 percent median estimate, a Commerce Department report showed in mid-December.  Overall, retail sales have risen 1.9 percent nationally in the past 12 months, […] [...]

Experts: Barbour for President

by Published: December 28,2009

Tags: Haley Barbour, Politics

In an interview Dec. 17 with the Mississippi Business Journal, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant was asked to make a few predictions for 2010. “I think Haley Barbour’s name as a serious candidate for president will begin to surface,” Bryant said. “I think you’ll see Fox News and CNN began to call him a serious candidate.” […] [...]

Legislation will be the focus for Mississippi healthcare

by Published: December 28,2009


  Healthcare was one of the leading issues of concern for most Americans in 2009, inspiring more debate and demonstration over the past six months than both the U.S. recession and the war on terrorism. The main reason this domestic issue has trumped others with more international significance, has hinged on the current political climate […] [...]

Spell guardedly optimistic about agriculture outlook

  If farmers who saw catastrophic losses in 2009 receive timely aid in early 2010, Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell is optimistic about the upcoming year. If not… “There is no definitive figure on just how many farmers we could lose if they don’t get some assistance,” Spell said. “I predict it will be a […] [...]

Breakout year expected in real estate

by Published: December 27,2009

Tags: economy, real estate, recession

Real estate industry predictions for 2010 are that housing sales will increase, younger couples will be buying, fewer licensees will be selling and the market for office properties will continue to decline. “This is going to be an amazing year” for home sales, said Karen Godfrey of Godfrey & Ivy Realty Inc. in Clinton. Buyers […] [...]

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