Posts Tagged ‘economic development’

December 19th Digital Edition

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State economic development leaders optimistic of 2015

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Characteristics of a good year-end fundraising letter

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, column, economic development, Mississippi, NEWS

Another December day; another solicitation letter. The end of the calendar year is approaching, and that means that fundraising letters compete with catalogues and holiday cards for space in the mailbox. Some fundraising letters are compelling. They make one want to immediately write a check, volunteer for community service or pledge some exceptional amount. And […] [...]

MDA ranked No. 9 development agency; UM professor notes low-wage states are on top for business friendliness

by Published: December 10,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, economics, Mississippi, NEWS

By Jack Weatherly The Mississippi Development Authority is No. 9 in the first-ever rankings of state economic development organizations in the U.S. by the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. Meantime, in the annual pro-business evaluation, the institute put Mississippi at No. 21, gaining an overall “B,”  including “A’s” on incentives, for […] [...]

SWEET 16 — Record number of films made in Mississippi in 2014

By Jack Weatherly Sixteen movies have been made in Mississippi in 2014, a record for the state. “And I have no reason to believe that 2015 won’t be even better,” said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office. Nothing particularly magical happened this year, Emling said of the industry that is known for magic. […] [...]

County to ask if it can use unspent hurricane recovery money

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County officials will ask the state for permission to move $1.6 million in unused hurricane recovery funds to help support other projects. The largest amount of unused cash is in the government annex facility fund. Other projects which had additional cash include the Lakeshore Community Center, the Stennis Airport Hangar […] [...]

Highway 6’s bad bridges getting ‘short-term’ fix

by Published: November 10,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Mississippi, NEWS, transportation

Staff and Wire Reports Mississippi Department of Transportation crews have made temporary repairs to several Mississippi Highway 6 bridges between Batesville and Clarksdale. MDOT has raised posted weight limits on the bridges after replacing and constructing additional shoring of numerous timber pilings which support the bridge, the Associated Press reports. Commercial vehicles, such as empty […] [...]

KiOR could owe state entire $69.4M debt plus interest

COLUMBUS — Mississippi has warned biofuel maker KiOR that it could demand immediate repayment of the company’s entire $69.4 million debt to the state, plus $8 million in interest, if the company doesn’t make its loan payment before a grace period runs out. Marlo Dorsey, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Development Authority, said the state […] [...]

Hessell finally has ‘interim’ removed from title at HCDC

GULFPORT — Bill Hessell can drop the interim tag from his job with the Harrison County Development Commission. Hessell started at the HCDC in 2004 as interim director and became interim director again when Director Larry Barnett left for a job in Texas. He took over as full-time director this month. The HCDC is the […] [...]

Villa International sites RV furniture factory in Belmont

BELMONT — A California company will open a recreational vehicle furniture factory in northeast Mississippi, with plans to hire 75 employees over five years. Villa International, based in Cerritos, California, will invest $250,000 to expand into Tishomingo County. It will pay an average annual salary of $35,360. The Mississippi Development Authority will loan Tishomingo County […] [...]

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