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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Key takeaways from SXSW in Austin, Texas

The Spin Cycle – always on the lookout for innovative thought that drives the branding industry – rolled into Texas for the annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals, soaking up the latest in emerging marketing technologies. Between the panel sessions, keynotes, networking, barbecue, live music and parties there was no shortage of things […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Cyber security insurance perhaps?

In the past month, two instances have highlighted the need for me to pay increased attention to cyber security.  First, my credit card company called to inform me that someone who should not have had access to my accounts had been shopping online with my cards.  In the second instance, my insurance provider was apparently […] [...]

DAVID WILLIAMS: Smart traffic signals pave way for better driving in connected world

In today’s technological age we describe almost everything as a smart device, i.e., smart phones, smart TVs, smart cars, smart watches, and so on. But what do we mean when we say “smart traffic signals”? Does it mean the same thing? Well, yes, it does, in many ways. Basically, when we say something is smart, […] [...]

State’s key economic indicators show slight strengthening

The performance of Mississippi’s economy in 2015 may hinge on growth in building permits, retail trade and consumer confidence offsetting a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing attributed to a stronger dollar, lower oil prices and bad weather. So say Mississippi state economists in the March issue of Mississippi’s Business, a monthly report on the state’s economy […] [...]

ELIZABETH BARBER: A triple bottom line benefit positions Mississippi as a restoration leader

With the five year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster around the corner on April 20th, anyone who lives or works on the Mississippi Gulf Coast knows that restoration work is just beginning. Ongoing research and monitoring show that the Gulf continues to suffer impacts from the tragedy, which in turn means that our […] [...]

Law to bolster utilities’ economic development efforts gets mixed reactions

A bill to bolster electric utilities’ economic development efforts sailed through the Mississippi Legislature and was signed by Gov. Phil Bryant on March 13. But after-the-fact reaction to the law ranges from suspicion and alarm to a characterization that such an interpretation is merely a tempest in a teapot. It could put customers of the […] [...]

Office occupancy edged up throughout Metro Jackson

Vacancies in Metro Jackson’s office market dropped by 1.9 percent last year as the Central Business District and other sub-markets achieved a net absorption of 129,612 square feet of previously vacant space, the CB Richard Ellis Jackson office reports. The increased leasing brought the market-wide vacancy rate to 21.4 percent, according to the CBRE Office […] [...]

Supermarket incentives for distressed communities die in House

Tax credits have helped to bring grocery markets back to New Orleans after Katrina, including Circle Food Store on Bernard Not this year. Mississippi House members let a bill die last week that would have created incentives for supermarkets to open in under-served areas. The legislation, Senate Bill 2840, was seen as a way to […] [...]

Legislators’ education alternative challenged in court

JACKSON — An Oxford school patron is asking a Hinds County judge to remove from the November ballot an alternative proposed by the Legislature to a citizen-sponsored education funding initiative. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in circuit court by Adrian Shipman of Oxford, a mother of two in the […] [...]

Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame planning gets underway

CLARKSDALE — Los Angeles-based architect, Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture Inc., is teaming up with organizers of the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame to get the Clarksdale, Mississippi, project moving. Yantrasast and his team met with Hall of Fame founders LaMont Robinson and Cheryl Ruffin in Clarksdale this past week. “What we believe as […] [...]

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