Posts Tagged ‘economic development’

Education group cheers as Dems sink tax cut bill; backers say families, businesses hurt

A $555 million tax cut for Mississippi appears down for the count after Democrats decided Wednesday competing financial needs outweighed the benefits of reducing  income taxes for some brackets and cutting business and franchise taxes. The cut would have been the largest in state history, according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who had called it a timely “pay raise” for […] [...]

Leflore supervisors approve private prison deal

by Published: February 25,2015

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

GREENWOOD — Leflore County is agreeing to sell additional land outside the current Delta Correctional Facility’s fences to help a private prison operator in its pursuit of a contract to house federal inmates there. Utahbased Management and Training Corp. is bidding on Federal Bureau of Prisons contract. It would need to expand the currently shuttered […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: When will Mississippi change its culture?

  “Where are you going?” yelled the fisherman still in the boat. “We have to save these children?” “I’m going upstream, and find out who’s throwing these babies in the water,” he replied. Perhaps it is time to talk about something that we in Mississippi do not want to discuss publicly, but which we lament […] [...]

Mississippi takes an incentives licking, keeps on ticking

By Jack Weatherly If the Pew Charitable Trusts gave Mississippi the stick in 2012, it seems to be trying the carrot this time. Mississippi economic development officials thought the respected independent nonprofit organization was harsh in its assessment of how the state was tracking its incentives. “It sounded like like they were unfairly indicting the […] [...]

Finding your flexible space — Regus banks on high demand for customizable work spaces

Trends are changing in the realm of providing space for economic development. While there is still a need for large, permanent facilities, there is also a trend for flexible, collaborative work spaces. In line with that trend, Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible work spaces, opened another facility in Mississippi with 13,000 square feet […] [...]

MDA to lead trade mission to South Africa

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to South Africa on March 23-27. MDA officials say in a news release that the trip will include stops in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. MDA executive director Brent Christensen says South Africa is Mississippi’s top export […] [...]

Lamar Co. seeks additional bike lane on Old Hwy. 11

PURVIS — Lamar County will apply for a Mississippi Department of Transportation grant that would allow the construction of a bike trail/pedestrian path during the expansion of Old Highway 11 in Oak Grove. The Hattiesburg American reports supervisors voted Monday to authorize Board President Joe Bounds to sign off on an application for a Transportation Alternatives Program […] [...]

December 19th Digital Edition

Click to view the December 19th Digital Edition of the Mississippi Business Journal. [...]

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 […] [...]

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