Posts Tagged ‘HATTIESBURG’

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 […] [...]

4 companies honored with export awards

JACKSON — Four Mississippi companies have been honored for their success in maintaining or increasing export sales. The 2014 awards were presented Wednesday by Gov. Phil Bryant in Jackson. Columbus-based BankTEL Systems, provider of financial accounting and cash management software, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting in the service sector. Hattiesburg-based BioSoil Enhancers, […] [...]

KiOR misses debt payment, Miss. doesn’t foreclose

JACKSON — Biofuel maker KiOR has missed its deadline for a $1.8 million loan payment to the state of Mississippi at midnight Wednesday, but instead of legal action, what has immediately followed is waiting. The state has not moved to foreclose, and the Pasadena, Texas, company has not declared bankruptcy. The wait could mean a […] [...]

Commerce Department: Some metro area economies grew faster than others

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The economy along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast grew rapidly in 2013, while growth slowed in the state’s other metropolitan areas. The figures, released by the U.S. Commerce Department, show that gross domestic product expanded by 4 percent in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metropolitan area in 2013. That’s a big pickup from 0.1 percent growth in […] [...]

Laura G. Lofton joins Owl Drug Store

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: Business, education, HATTIESBURG, healthcare, Mississippi

Laura G. Lofton, PharmD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic’s Owl Drug Store as a pharmacist. She earned her doctorate of pharmacy from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Lofton is a member of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association. She joins Debra V. Akers, RPh and Diane S. Ashley, RPh.   [...]

MBJ Special Report: Cities learn value of partnering for retail

Mississippi’s mayors and county supervisor chairs relish putting on hardhats and grabbing a shovel for groundbreakings on new retail developments. But to get to that point, communities are learning they must shape partnerships with developers instead of depending on a developer’s determination to walk over hot coals in bare feet to get a project built. […] [...]

USM makes administration changes; Dr. Bret Becton will serve as the college’s associate dean

by Published: August 19,2014

Tags: Business, education, HATTIESBURG, Mississippi

Several administrative changes have taken place in the College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi for the start of the 2014-2015 year. Dr. Bret Becton will serve as the college’s associate dean after Dr. Joe Peyrefitte returned to a faculty position. Becton will be in charge of operations and accreditation for the College […] [...]

USM’s Dianne Coleman earns nomination for award

Dianne Coleman, assistant to dean Dr. Michael Forster for recruitment and special projects at the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, was recently nominated for the Mississippi Organ Donor Recovery Agency’s (MORA) Donation Advocate Spero Award. The Spero Awards recognize hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners, funeral home directors, coroners, volunteers and donor advocates. […] [...]

Communities awarded national Main Street accreditation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Main Street Association has designated cities as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. The cities are Aberdeen, Corinth, Pascagoula, Amory, Greenville, Philadelphia, Baldwyn, Greenwood, Picayune, Batesville, Gulfport, Pontotoc, Belhaven, Hattiesburg, Ripley, Biloxi, Hernando, Senatobia, Booneville, Indianola, […] [...]

‘Branch rationalization’ guiding Hancock, Regions branching strategies

Fresh off of closing more than two dozen branches and selling a handful of others in its five-state market, Hancock Bank is back in the branching business with the opening of  a full service location in West Hattiesburg. The 5,300-square-foot Oak Grove branch at 12 Newtowne Loop is among several branches and financial centers the […] [...]

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