Posts Tagged ‘Columbus’

Silicor future uncertain as deadline passes

COLUMBUS — Solar silicon maker Silicor Materials has missed another deadline. The company failed to put up $150,000 in escrow money to show good faith and seal a deal that would have meant hundreds of new jobs to Lowndes County. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors in December agreed to extend the start date for […] [...]

MMSA chooses leaders

by MBJ Staff Published: November 9,2012

Tags: Columbus, economic development, Mississippi Main Street Association, Water Valley

Ellen Russell of Pontotoc and Mickey Howley of Water Valley have been elected by fellow Main Street managers and members to the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) board of directors. Russell has been elected to serve for the first time and replaces Lise Foy of Canton. Howley has been re-elected to serve another term on […] [...]

Golden Triangle economic development model could be emulated across state

On Sept. 14, government and economic development officials in the Golden Triangle unveiled a plan for an economic development cooperative they say will become the model of regionalism in Mississippi. The Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority will not officially arrive until October 2014. Until then, the Golden Triangle Development LINK (which was known as the […] [...]

Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha counties explore partnership

Representatives from the three Golden Triangle counties have formed a steering committee to explore the possibility of forming an umbrella organization charged with spurring economic development in the region. The committee held its first meeting last week, representing the first step toward a partnership among entities that have traditionally carried on a governmental and industrial […] [...]

4-lane Highway 45 to open today in Lowndes Co.

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation says a newly reconstructed portion of Highway 45 with four lanes will be opening today. The new portion of highway has four-lanes and it will connect Shafer Chapel Road to Highway 82 near Columbus in Lowndes County. The department says this is the final phase of a reconstruction […] [...]

Rep. Kevin McGee fined $50K, ordered to repay state $346,554

JACKSON — A Rankin County lawmaker has been ordered by the state Ethics Commission to repay the state $346,554 from public printing contracts that went to his family business. State Rep. Kevin McGee was also fined $50,000 for the dealings. McGee, a Republican from Brandon, owns — along with family members — Service Printers of […] [...]

Change on Tap? Beer legislation supporters are being cautiously optimistic

Lawmakers and grassroots organizers who have unsuccessfully pushed for legislation to modernize Mississippi’s beer and brewing laws are optimistic their efforts stand a better chance of paying off this session. As he has the past few sessions, Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has filed bills that would increase the state’s alcohol-by-weight limit in beer, […] [...]

MSU’s Shaw targets January for CottonMill Marketplace construction

The $70-million CottonMill Marketplace mixed-use development in Starkville looks like it could begin in January, according to a story in the Columbus Commercial Dispatch this morning. The two phases of the project will total about $120 million, according to Mississippi Business Journal reporter Clay Chandler. The first phase will include the renovation of the old […] [...]

MBJ Editorial: Barbour’s horse needs a trip to vet before he bets our money

Solar energy may be the wave of the future, but Mississippi should be careful where it comes to being an investor in new companies promising the moon — er, sun. Evergreen Solar in Massachusetts went bankrupt last month, leaving that state hanging after an investment of more than $40 million of taxpayer dollars in the […] [...]

Miller helps build the Columbus downtown one person at a time

To those that know her, Jan Miller does not just meet people – she meets friends. Miller admits that she’s never met a stranger. “I guess I get my personality from my mother,” said Miller, a district director for Mississippi Main Street Association whose territory covers almost half the state. “She worked for the commissioner […] [...]

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