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MEC poll: Health care ranks tops among Jackson businesses

JACKSON — Business and community leaders in the Jackson area believe health care tops the list of opportunities for future economic growth in their area, according to a Dec. 17, 2013, survey. The survey was part of the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour that traveled to 19 cities in all regions […] [...]

New Coast baseball stadium attracting developers

BILOXI — A new baseball stadium in Biloxi could draw 350,000 people or more to the downtown each year, and those kinds of numbers are spurring the anticipated attention from developers and property owners. Jerry Creel, Biloxi’s community development director, tells The Sun Herald these are properties that haven’t drawn any calls in a long […] [...]

Commission approves design of new bridge

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez’s Bridge of Sighs project has been approved by a local preservation commission. The Natchez Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved a conceptual design by landscape architect Jared Acy. The Natchez Democrat reports that the project had been delayed for past couple of months after the commission asked the City of […] [...]

City leaders want extension of tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — The city of Southaven’s 1-cent tourism tax on restaurant tabs is set to expire this year, and officials are working to stop that from happening. The Commercial Appeals reports the Board of Aldermen this week unanimously passed a resolution asking that the Mississippi Legislature to remove the repealer clause that would cause the […] [...]

City council gives nod to sales tax for Progress Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council lent its support to a bill that would provide a process for Mississippi cities to raise revenue through an optional sales tax that would be earmarked for infrastructure projects. The question is whether the Legislature will be interested in supporting the “Citizens for Economic Development Act.” The Hattiesburg American […] [...]

Family looks to spur downtown revitalization

MCCOMB — The revitalization of downtown McComb is a long process requiring time, dedication and funds, but a local father-and-sons team plans to add a few new businesses to the block within the year. Benton, Greg and Neel Gibson bought the West Harlan Building on State Street in May to use for office space and […] [...]

City officials targeting blighted property

COLUMBUS — The City Council has appointed a task force to study Columbus’ problem with dilapidated properties and vacant lots. The Commercial Dispatch reported the request to set up a committee came from Councilman Kabir Karriem. He said the city needs to closely examine blighted areas and consider the possibility of incentives for redevelopment to […] [...]

Council wants more info on proposed baseball stadium

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has tabled a vote on a minor league baseball stadium while those working to bring a team to the city are in Orlando at the Major League Baseball’s winter meetings. On yesterday’s Council agenda was an application for conditional use to build the stadium north of the Beau Rivage […] [...]

Officials hand mayor projects list totaling $57.7M

VICKSBURG — Improvements to the city’s water and sewer system top a list of 12 proposed capital improvement projects over five years that would cost about $57.7 million. The Vicksburg Post reports the preliminary recommendations were prepared by city department heads for Mayor George Flaggs Jr. Water and sewer system upgrades alone total about $22 […] [...]

Coast city to repay BP grant funding for Ocean Expo

D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville must refund more than $1 million of a $3-million BP grant awarded to cover some of the expense of bringing Ocean Expo aquarium to the city. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality administered the grant for BP. The agency has spent nine months reviewing the circumstances that led to the firing of […] [...]

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