Posts Tagged ‘economic development’

Two Delta groups getting economic development funding

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Economic Development Administration has awarded funds to two planning and developing groups in the Mississippi Delta. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., made the announcement in a news release yesterday. The South Delta Planning and Development District will receive $189,000. The district provides services in Bolivar, Humphreys, Issaquena, Sharkey, Sunflower and Washington […] [...]

Pharma Pac lays off rest of workers; could end up owing state

DEKALB — A Kemper County drugmaker has laid off most of its remaining employees, making it likely that it will shut down while owing the state economic development money. A notice filed with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security reports Pharma Pac laid off 84 employees from its DeKalb facility on March 7. Kemper County […] [...]

Acco Brands investing $1.6M, adding 162 workers

BOONEVILLE — Acco Brands will add a 162-employee call center at its Booneville factory and distribution center. The company announced the $1.6 million investment yesterday. The state of Mississippi will give Acco $150,000 to modify a building, and the Tennessee Valley Authority will also assist. The company, based in Lake Zurich, Ill., makes office supplies […] [...]

New law on taxing methods hailed as big win for businesses

The Mississippi Economic Council completed a victory lap over passage of its priority tax legislation by having Gov. Phil Bryant sign House Bill 799 at the close of the business organization’s annual meeting and luncheon last Thursday. At the prodding of the MEC and other business groups, lawmakers crafted HB799 to counter the effects of […] [...]

Panther Creek’s location in medical industry zone boosts bio-med prospects

by Published: April 17,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Madison County, Mississippi

Canton’s Panther Creek Commerce Center has an attraction no other Mississippi mega site can offer — inclusion in a state Health Care Industry Zone. The nearly 2,000-acre tract off Nissan Drive falls within the required five-mile radius of Madison River Oaks Medical Center in Canton. This qualifies prospective medical-related tenants of the megasite for such […] [...]

Panther Creek megasite — Putting a value proposition out there

by Published: April 17,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Mississippi

Megasites can bring mega worries to the CEOs and directors of companies looking to put a major manufacturing plant or other high-cost facility on one. Once those worries grow to a certain point or linger for too long, the decision makers put the megasite in a folder designated for “uncertain propositions.” A Purgatory like that […] [...]

TVA president/CEO Johnson tours Techumseh, Yokohama plants

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) president and CEO Bill Johnson visited northeast Mississippi yesterday for a series of meetings and industrial tours to support and encourage continuing economic growth in the region. TVA works with local power companies and regional, state and community partners to promote economic development. These efforts have resulted in […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: In serarch of — and avoidance of — uniformity

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, economic development, Mississippi

What would you do if another state barred the sale of your products after having approved them for years and years even though other states allowed the sale of your products? Depending on the volume and sales of those products you might complain to state officials, contact your Congressional office or even file a lawsuit. […] [...]

State’s Creative Economy potential to be focus of the MEC’s annual meeting

Leaders from across the state are showing great confidence in the direction Mississippi is moving and in the ability to improve its economic competitiveness, the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) says in reporting on a survey done during the MEC’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour,. Business and community leaders rate Mississippi as a newly emerging […] [...]

Kelly Boutwell added, Jason Word promoted at MEC

  Kelly Boutwell is the new director of member involvement at the Mississippi Economic Council, joining MEC from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she served as senior marketing specialist. She began her professional career as service manager at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant, where she became the state’s youngest certified sommelier at age 23. Boutwell […] [...]

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