Posts Tagged ‘economy’

CARTOON — Nobile eyes tourism in Mississippi

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State’s unemployment rate falls slightly to 7.4 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate ticked down to 7.4 percent in January, as a few more people found jobs. A separate survey shows state employer payrolls falling slightly. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released yesterday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. It’s the lowest […] [...]

MEC surveys find optimism, confidence in state’s economy

JACKSON — Leaders from across the state are showing great confidence in the direction Mississippi is moving and in the ability to improve its economic competitiveness, according to the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC). Surveyed during the MEC’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour, business and community leaders rate Mississippi as a newly emerging growth state, […] [...]

Bill’s demise ends state sales tax rebates for retail development

by Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, economy, Legislature, Mississippi

Mississippi’s tourism tax development incentives failed to gain enough legislative support for renewal last week and will expire July 1, ending the state’s practice of awarding tens of millions of dollars as incentives for development of shopping malls and retail plazas. The Mississippi Development Authority so far has awarded up to $155 million in potential […] [...]

Energy efficiency: Mississippi already benefiting from U.S. moving toward energy self sufficiency

Not that many years ago there were concerns about “the end of oil,” the depletion of the oil reserves that fuel the world economy. One of the largest economic problems in the U.S. was the cost of importing so much oil. But drilling technology innovations including fracking now have some experts predicting that by 2035 […] [...]

TYLER BALL: Business succession planning: The time is now

by Published: February 7,2014

Tags: Business, economy, education, finance, Mississippi

F amily-controlled businesses comprise between 80-90 percent of all business enterprises in North America (Source: J.H. Astrachan and M.C. Shanker, “Family Businesses’ Contribution to the U.S. Economy: A Closer Look,” Family Business Review, September 2003). And while it is estimated that nearly 40 percent of family businesses are passed successfully to a second generation, only […] [...]

TRAY HAIRSTON: Health care as an economic driver: Turning Mississippi’s weaknesses into strengths

by Published: February 7,2014

Tags: Business, economy, Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi

A s a proponent of economic development, I believe that health care can be used as an economic driver and would diversify Mississippi’s economy, going a long way toward boosting jobs and quality of life in our state. As a bond lawyer at Butler Snow, I work with Mississippi cities and counties on bond issues […] [...]

Webb: Government is state’s top employer

JACKSON — State economist Darrin Webb says government is Mississippi’s largest employer these days. That’s a big change from 20 years ago, when manufacturing held the top spot in the state. Webb says Mississippi lost manufacturing jobs after the North American Free Trade Agreement was put in place in the 1990s. Webb told House Appropriations […] [...]

MDA promotes Nash Nunnery

by Published: December 13,2013

Tags: Business, economic development, economy, government, Mississippi

Mississippi Development Authority public relations specialist Nash Nunnery has been promoted to development specialist with the agency’s Entrepreneurial Center under the Existing Industries & Business Division. In his new role, Nunnery will help new and established Mississippi entrepreneurs with all aspects of their operation, from business plans to branding. Nunnery joined MDA in June 2010 […] [...]

SWARTZFAGER: The story of ‘Give a man a fish’ applies here

by Published: November 29,2013

Tags: Business, economy, education, Mississippi

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” This quote adequately summarizes a belief that I think most Mississippians would be hard pressed to argue against. While there are many ways to implement this statement into daily life, a method proven to be […] [...]

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