Posts Tagged ‘John C. Stennis Institute of Government’

PHIL HARDWICK — Financial literacy makes better schools and communities

I love Junior Achievement. Too bad it’s no longer around. Once upon a time I was a Junior Achievement volunteer, a business person who went into elementary schools and presented a program about work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Trained by Junior Achievement of Mississippi and equipped with some excellent instructional materials, I, like dozens of […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Sales tax collections as an economic indicator

Small business makes a substantial contribution to the economic health of cities in Mississippi. Small businesses not only provide jobs, their sales tax collections are a significant source of revenue for their communities. That makes them economic development engines. Although the term “economic development” has no standard definition, it is generally agreed that economic development […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — The value of corporate headquarters to communities

For many people, growing up in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1950′s and ’60′s meant banking at Deposit Guaranty, buying groceries at Jitney Jungle and shopping for clothing at McRae’s. Today, those homegrown local businesses are no longer wearing the same names as a result of being acquired by even bigger businesses. Not only did the […] [...]

The next transition — Phil Hardwick leaving the Stennis Institute

Few people can match Phil Hardwick’s resume when it comes to diversity. Over his career, Hardwick has been a clerk, soldier, law enforcement officer, investigator, real estate consultant, author/columnist, community and economic developer and educator/trainer. On Sept. 1, Hardwick will begin yet another chapter in his eclectic career after stepping down as coordinator of capacity […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Commencement speeches we will never hear

The 2014 graduation season will be remembered for speeches not made. And that is not a good thing. It is not new for students to protest against the selection of graduation speakers. During the 1960’s, students spoke out and criticized at graduation ceremonies to protest the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Things settled down for a […] [...]

HARDWICK: Your property’s history

If you live in an older house and are not familiar with its heritage you might want to consider becoming a house detective, so to speak. It’s fun and educational to find out about the history of your property. It takes only one trip to Europe to realize that there is no shortage of currently […] [...]

City operating under ‘throwback’ commission-style government

VICKSBURG — Its cannons, historic homes and landmarks aren’t Vicksburg’s only throwback to history. Its municipal government is a relic from when the city was younger, smaller and the issues confronting city leaders were easier to handle. Since 1913, Vicksburg has operated under the commission form of government approved by the Mississippi Legislature in 1908. […] [...]

MSU’s Quarles honored by ASPA

Lydia Quarles, a senior policy analyst at Mississippi State University’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and assistant professor in the university’s department of political science and public administration, is receiving a national award for advancing the role of women. The American Society for Public Administration recently selected Quarles for the 2012 Joan Fill Bishop […] [...]

Marty Wiseman, Part 2

JACKSON- John C. Stennis Institute of Government director Marty Wiseman on why he loves Mississippi politics. [...]

Conservative Republicans and judicial activism

The intent was to write a somewhat lighthearted “back to school” column.  But alas, last week a chilly political wind blew across the otherwise parched landscape, and in so doing postponed any attempt at frivolity. Indeed, it seems that everywhere one looked over the past few days Republicans could be seen reversing long-held positions and […] [...]

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