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MBJ Special report: MDA numbers help with cities’ retail pitches

by Published: August 21,2014

Tags: Business, commercial development, Mississippi, real estate

Mississippi communities looking to land a big retailer such as Walmart or Target often give the Mississippi Development Authority a call. That is where they will get the retail sales numbers for their area broken down to nearly a dozen categories. The numbers, through “pull-factor” calculations, also give an idea of whether the buyers live […] [...]

MBJ Special Report: Cities learn value of partnering for retail

Mississippi’s mayors and county supervisor chairs relish putting on hardhats and grabbing a shovel for groundbreakings on new retail developments. But to get to that point, communities are learning they must shape partnerships with developers instead of depending on a developer’s determination to walk over hot coals in bare feet to get a project built. […] [...]

MBJ Special Report: Commercial development incentives are available — if you can find them

by Published: August 21,2014

Tags: Business, commercial development, Mississippi

Mississippi let die on July 1 any new sales tax rebates for development of large retail complexes designated as “heritage centers,” a name given for their supposed ability to draw visitors from near and far. The rebates, worth a few hundred million dollars to individual projects, went to a handful of retail developments around the […] [...]

Traci Forrest, Katie Hoggatt, Alison Howell, Kevin Jackson and Zachary Ring promoted at Haddox Reid Eubank Betts

by Published: August 19,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi

          Haddox Reid Eubank Betts, PLLC has promoted four of its accountants. Traci Forrest, CPA, has been promoted to senior manager. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University. Her experience includes income tax planning and compliance for business, individuals, trusts and estates. Katie Hoggatt, CPA, has also been promoted to […] [...]

Zack Harrington joins Mississippi State University fundraising team

by Published: August 19,2014

Tags: Business, education, fundraising, Mississippi

Zack Harrington has joined the Mississippi State University fundraising team as assistant director of development for the university’s College of Business. A Hattiesburg native and MSU alumnus, he holds two degrees from the college — a 2009 bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in real estate mortgage finance and 2010 master’s in sport administration. [...]

USM makes administration changes; Dr. Bret Becton will serve as the college’s associate dean

by Published: August 19,2014

Tags: Business, education, HATTIESBURG, Mississippi

Several administrative changes have taken place in the College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi for the start of the 2014-2015 year. Dr. Bret Becton will serve as the college’s associate dean after Dr. Joe Peyrefitte returned to a faculty position. Becton will be in charge of operations and accreditation for the College […] [...]

MMI Hotel Group names Jack A. Warner director of strategic partnerships

by Published: August 19,2014

Tags: Business, hospitality, Mississippi

Jack A. Warner has been named director of strategic partnerships at MMI Hotel Group. Warner comes to MMI with over 10 years of hotel operations experience.  He has served as a leader in a variety of hotel settings including franchised and independent; select-service and full-service; urban and rural communities. Additionally, Warner is a graduate of […] [...]

People Lease hires Dita Collier and Penny Mahaffey

by Published: August 19,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi

    People Lease and Account Services Group have added two new staff members. Dita Collier and Penny Mahaffey add several years of customer service experience to the People Lease family of companies. Dita has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and international business from Mississippi State University and bachelor of arts degree in Spanish.  […] [...]

Singing River Health System recognizes David Greer and Brandon Cloud

by Published: August 19,2014

Tags: Business, education, Gulf Coast, healthcare, Mississippi

Singing River Health System (SRHS) has two physical therapists that have recently been recognized as board certified specialists for orthopedic rehabilitation by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Brandon Cloud, PT, OCS, and David Greer, DPT, OCS, were awarded the board certified orthopedic specialty in June. [...]

Beard + Riser Architects hires Austin Robinson

by Published: August 19,2014

Tags: architecture, Business, Mississippi

Beard + Riser Architects, PLLC, has added a new intern architect, Austin Robinson, who will join the firm for a year-long paid internship. Robinson is on track to complete his architecture degree at Mississippi State University in Spring 2015. Robinson brings Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator skills to the firm. He comes to […] [...]

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