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Miss. economic head: No politics in site selection

By SHELIA BYRD JACKSON — Lawmakers are asking the head of Mississippi’s economic development agency why the Delta and the southwestern part of the state are often overlooked for major industrial projects. Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, told members of the House Ways and Means Committee last Tuesday that industries have […] [...]

Free program, few takers

MDA extends deadline due to lack of applicants The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is convinced that its new, free pilot program for entrepreneurs targeting some of the most economically depressed areas of the state will be a winner. Now, the state’s lead economic and community development organization looks to woo more entrepreneurs and small business […] [...]

Russ faces uphill challenge in Natchez

With outlook grim, economic development vet comes home to change chemistry Chandler Russ grew up in Natchez, went to the University of Southern Mississippi and has since built an economic development career that has taken him to almost every part of Mississippi and into Arkansas. He’s about to go back home. On Nov. 1, Russ […] [...]

MEDC elects new officers, directors

The Mississippi Economic Development Council Inc. (MEDC) elected officers and directors at its 2010 Summer Conference in Biloxi. Christy Knapp, Oxford, was elected president; Tom Troxler, president-elect; Barbara Smith, Tupelo, vice president chamber development; Blake Wallace, Jackson, vice president community development; Cliff Brumfield, Brookhaven, vice president economic development; Tim Mood, Ridgeland, secretary-treasurer; and, Larry Barnett, […] [...]

MMSA board officers, members set

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) recently held its annual meeting and awards luncheon in downtown Jackson. Among the agenda was the passing of the gavel to new MMSA board president Randy Burchfield of Tupelo. Burchfield will serve a two-year term (2010-2012), following Chuck Ueltschey of Gulfport, 2008-2010 board president. Burchfield serves as senior vice […] [...]

Despite gusher, Gulf Coast open for business

For Laura Allen, the waiting is the hardest part. An employee at Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield, Allen booked a condo on the Alabama Gulf Coast months ago, well before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that is still spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. As her refund deadline approached, she agonized over whether or not […] [...]

Mississippi Economic Council Annual Meeting

JACKSON- Music is a big part of Mississippi’s heritage, according to some of the state’s public and private business leaders. [...]

Governor calls for small business bailout

Barbour, MDA’s Swoope tell business leaders that previous program was met with a good amount of success Part of the effort in the financial recovery from Hurricane Katrina included a state program that guaranteed portions of loans for small businesses trying to get back on their feet after the storm. Gov. Haley Barbour and Mississippi […] [...]

Mississippi making significant strides

Swoope and his team were ready for downturn and have reacted with more business for state Mississippi has made significant gains in economic development despite facing the effects of a national recession, Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) officials said. The MDA is hoping that momentum will continue. “In April 2008, we still had record employment, but […] [...]

MEDC elects officers, directors

The Mississippi Economic Development Council Inc. (MEDC) elected officers and directors at its 2009 Summer Conference in Biloxi. Officers elected to serve Oct. 1, 2009-Sept. 30, 2010, are: Larry S. Barnett, Gulfport, president; Christy Knapp, Oxford, president-elect; Barbara Smith, Tupelo, vice president chamber development; Blake Wallace, Jackson, vice president community development; Tom Troxler, Brandon, vice […] [...]

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