Posts Tagged ‘Brent Christensen’

ASA postmortem: industrial recruiting is a constant cycle of death and life

By JACK WEATHERLY  Raising $1.2 billion for an industrial project can be a daunting task, if not a deal killer. For economic developers in Mississippi, American Specialty Alloys’ protracted and secretive efforts in that regard became an issue that ultimately sent the project south to Pineville, La. American Specialty started out last year with a […] [...]

(UPDATE) Aluminum maker, recruiter still at impasse on $1.2 billion project

By JACK WEATHERLY  The impasse between American Specialty Alloys and Golden Triangle economic development officials has not eased. The startup aluminum maker with offices in Columbus that says it will build a $1.2 billion mill — somewhere — is “pulling up stakes” and heading for Alexandria, La., Joe Max Higgins, executive director of Golden Triangle […] [...]

Mississippi files fraud lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR failure

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the state into loaning the company $75 million. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Hinds County Circuit Court, alleges Khosla and others engaged in fraud, negligence […] [...]

U.S. Treasury Department awards Mississippi more than $4.4 million in state small business credit initiative funds

The U.S. Treasury Department has awarded Mississippi more than $4.4 million in State Small Business Credit Initiative funds, which will be disbursed by the Mississippi Development Authority. The funds will assist the state’s small businesses with accessing the capital needed to grow and create jobs. To date, more than $13 million in SSBCI funds have […] [...]

MDA’s Christensen forecasts economic growth momentum continuing in 2015

Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Christensen foresees 2015 being a year when the state builds upon the strengthening economic activity of both the state and the nation in the past year. “As the national economy continues to rebound and strengthen, that momentum will continue to carry over,” Christensen said. “Companies are increasingly seeking new […] [...]

MDA awards Site Development Grants to eight communities

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Development Authority recently awarded eight Site Development Grants to economic development entities throughout the state. The matching grant program is designed to assist nonprofit economic development organizations or local governments in preparing available greenfield sites for industrial development. The program is open to all economic development organizations and units of […] [...]

MDA to lead trade delegation to Southeast Asia

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to Southeast Asia from Aug. 25-29. MDA officials say in a news release that the trip will include stops in the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. MDA executive director Brent Christensen says opportunities exist in the region for […] [...]

MDA to lead business delegation to Israel

JACKSON — Representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to Israel in the fall. The Sept. 14-19 trip will focus on aerospace, defense and related industries and will include participation in the 5th Annual Israel Unmanned Systems 2014. MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen said […] [...]

MBJ April 18th Digital Edition

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Seminar focused on trading in the Philippines to be offered next month

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi World Trade Center and the U.S. Department of Commerce will present a seminar titled Exploring Business Opportunities in the Philippines April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in the Collaboratory at the MS e-Center at Jackson State University, located at 1230 Raymond […] [...]

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