Posts Tagged ‘JACKSON’

Liens are first battleground in Watkins fight with JRA

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: business downtown, Farish Street, JACKSON, Mississippi

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has countered a lien filed recently by Watkins Development on behalf of the Farish Street Group and another by Dale Architects against the Farish Street redevelopment project with a court claim that the publicly property is immune from liens. The JRA further claims that Watkins Development has no standing to initiate […] [...]

It’s Mistletoe time: Junior League of Jackson gears up

There is a list. And this week, Brandon Kennedy is checking it twice. The opening of 33rd-annual Mistletoe Market is only days away, and, after 22 months of preparation, Kennedy, the chair of this year’s event, is ready to setup and check off the final details. Mistletoe Marketplace, the Christmas holiday-themed shopping weekend sponsored by […] [...]

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR: Caterers offer tips for the holidays

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: Business, food, Gulf Coast, JACKSON, Mississippi

If you want your holiday party catered, here’s a tip from a pro: Book it with your caterer right after the first of the year. That way you’ll likely get the best possible date for your party or other event before the procrastinators realize the holidays are just around the corner. That’s the word from […] [...]

Watkins frustrated but hopeful amid Farish Street strife

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: Business, downtown, Farish Street, JACKSON, Mississippi

» Developer says he’s optimistic ‘city leadership and new mayor are going to get to the bottom of this.’ Though the first downtown block of Farish Street to its corner at East Griffith can be walked in a minute or so, the longest tape measure might not cover the distance between views of the main […] [...]

Displaced Farish St. developer says project ‘basis’ gives him edge in JRA fight

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: Business, downtown, Farish Street, JACKSON, Mississippi

» David Watkins alleges Jackson Redevelopment Authority secretly recruited Farish Group minor partners to persuade Yates Co. to take over project The 2008 effort to rescue the bankrupt Farish Street redevelopment project led Jackson’s civic and government leaders to the doorstep of David Watkins, a local lawyer turned developer who was drawing acclaim for putting […] [...]

Virtual medicine — MGCCC opens Healthcare Simulation Center to public

by Published: October 25,2013

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, healthcare, JACKSON, Mississippi

One of Mississippi’s community colleges has opened a new health care education facility on the Gulf Coast that officials hope will not only add to students’ education, but also assist in workforce development and better patient outcomes. On Oct. 11, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) cut the ribbon on its new Healthcare Simulation […] [...]

U.S. 80 corridor proponents hang onto hope for revival after massive land use changes

by Published: October 25,2013

Tags: Business, economic development, JACKSON, Mississippi

» City says framework is in place but business group says deterioration continues Proclaimed a top revival candidate by Harvey Johnson in his recent Jackson mayoral term, the U.S. Highway 80 corridor stretching from the Pearl River to Clinton underwent extensive land-use changes before Johnson left office. Johnson aimed his effort at creating a master […] [...]

Banished from Farish St., Watkins named chair of Downtown Jackson Partners

by Published: October 23,2013

Tags: David Watkins, JACKSON, law, Mississippi, real estate

JACKSON, Mississippi — Fresh off getting the boot from Jackson’s Farish Street redevelopment project, developer David Watkins took over the chairmanship of Downtown Jackson Partners Wednesday. Watkins, principal of Watkins Development and rescuer of the King Edward Hotel and Standard Life Building, succeeds Trustmark Bank’s Harry Walker as chair of the public-private agency that oversees […] [...]

USA International Ballet kicks off in June in Jackson

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: ballet, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

JACKSON — Top young dancers from around the globe will perform next June during the festival of dance, also known as the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition. USA IBC will celebrate 35 years in Jackson during the two-week event that begins June 14, 2014. USA IBC Executive director Sue Lobrano said organizers expect between 30,000 […] [...]

Head of health plans group says legislative momentum growing for state control of insurance exchange

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, JACKSON, Mississippi

CLINTON — The CEO of the Mississippi Association of Health Plans says it is likely that state lawmakers will try to shift Mississippi’s health insurance exchange away from federal control to state control within a year. Jeff Drozda, who served in the Indiana Senate for a half dozen years and is a former lobbyist for […] [...]

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