Archive for the ‘Economic Development’ Category

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New study touts Mississippi’s potential

The “creative economy” includes individuals such as artists, architects, chefs and professors, creative industries such as Peavey Electronics, Viking Range Corp., The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Ramey Agency and creative communities including Oxford, Clarksdale, Ocean Springs and Rolling Fork. The recent Mississippi Creative Economy study concludes that this segment represents approximately 61,000 jobs and just […] [...]

Mississippi’s economic development evolution

In the 1930’s Mississippi marketed itself to manufacturing companies to relocate or expand to the state in return for incentives to do so. Since then economic development in Mississippi has evolved into a comprehensive activity involving numerous government and nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to increase the wealth of the state and its communities and […] [...]

Delta Regional Authority, SBA team to bring capital to small businesses

Businesses in the Mississippi Delta secured more U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) working capital loans in the first six months of this year than the same period for 2010, says the Delta Regional Authority, a multi-state economic development entity based in Clarksdale and Little Rock, Ark. Strong loan volume is also occurring in many of […] [...]

Thigpen first at bat for chamber, tourism, economic development and Main Street program in Cleveland

by Becky Gillette Published: September 4,2011

Tags: Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, Judson Thigpen III

When it comes to heading up the local chamber of commerce and economic development programs, who better than someone who grew up in the area and loves it so much that he has stayed practically his entire life? That fits the description for Judson Thigpen III, executive director of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. […] [...]

“The Help” Leads Box Office

by Stephen McDill Published: August 21,2011

Tags: Brent's Drugs, Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo: “On the bright side, The Help climbed to the top spot… while Rise of the Planet of the Apes took second. The Help eased 21 percent to an estimated $20.5 million, lifting its total to $71.8 million in 12 days. It marked the first time since early January that […] [...]

Innovation showcase

by Ted Carter Published: July 10,2011

Tags: electrical equipment, energy efficiency, Irby Electric

The 85,000-square-foot warehouse/office complex wholesaler Irby Electric expects to open in six months will be much more than a building to store and distribute the tens of thousands of electrical equipment pieces and parts the company keeps on hand. The $5-million building will showcase the energy efficient and environmentally sustainable products the 85-year-old Jackson company […] [...]

Rebounding Gulfport positioning itself for new trade era’s arrival

by Ted Carter Published: July 10,2011

Tags: GULFPORT, Panama Canal, port, trade

Completion of the Port of Gulfport’s rebuilding should coincide well with the expected trade growth from the expanded Panama Canal as well as Latin America, port officials say. Port director Don Allee may not get the 50-foot shipping channel the Port of Gulfport would need to take full advantage of a massive increase in Asian […] [...]

Mississippi Main Street honors Pascagoula’s Davis

The work of Rebecca Davis in helping Pascagoula gain new life after the destruction of Katrina won her Mississippi Main Street Association’s Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award, an annual honor that goes to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to the community and program. Davis received the award at the Mississippi Main […] [...]

‘The Tunica Miracle’

by Nash Nunnery Published: April 17,2011

Tags: poverty, Sugar Ditch Alley, Tunica County, Wilhelm Schulz GBBH manufacturing plant

The memories of Sugar Ditch Alley and the nation’s highest rate of poverty made infamous by a 1960s network television documentary have all but faded in Tunica County. An impoverished neighborhood in the Town of Tunica, Sugar Ditch Alley was so named for the open sewer located there. With the advent of the gaming industry […] [...]

Starkville isn’t the same old sleepy Starkville that most Mississippians knew 20 years ago

by Nash Nunnery Published: April 17,2011

Tags: Main Street, STARKVILLE, Starkville Main Street

This is not your daddy’s sleepy, little college town. For the past two decades, merchants in downtown Starkville have quietly transformed a city that was considered to be a poor third behind other Mississippi college towns such as Oxford and Hattiesburg. No more. Award-winning restaurants, boutique retail and other specialty shops and attractions are the […] [...]

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