Posts Tagged ‘Leland Speed’

Receipts show spending at gay sex shops by Southaven mayor

Receipts show Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 on a family-values platform, charged the city $67 for a purchase at a gay sex shop in Canada. The Mississippi auditor on Nov. 2 demanded Davis pay back more than $170,000 for personal expenses billed to taxpayers. There are no […] [...]

Read the October 3rd issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ, Clay Chandler examines whether there is a megasite available for a new Hyundai plant. The MDA’s Leland Speed says there are no sites available. However, the East Mississippi Business Development Corp. executive director Wade Jones says the 1,400-acre Kewanee site is still available for Hyundai or anyone else that wants it. […] [...]

Speed not conceding in fight against eminent domain

Things haven’t been going Leland Speed’s way in his court challenges to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would curb Mississippi’s power to take private property for large economic development projects But don’t look for Speed, a real estate executive and interim Mississippi Development Authority chief, to walk away from the fight. “I’m […] [...]

Rogers resigns as CEO at Parkway Properties

JACKSON —  Parkway Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PKY) announced Friday that Steven G. Rogers has resigned as President, Chief Executive Officer and director effective December 31, 2011. Mr. Rogers will continue in his current roles until year end, and during this period will transition his leadership responsibilities to James R. Heistand, current Executive Chairman. Heistand will […] [...]

Eminent Domain: Good Business… or Bad?

by Published: July 18,2011

Tags: eminent domain, Leland Speed, MDA, Nissan, Ron Aldridge, Toyota

Eminent domain remains a hotbed of discussion in the Mississippi business community. MBJ staff writers Ted Carter and Stephen McDill interview NFIB state director Ron Aldridge and Parkway Properties chairman and interim MDA director Leland Speed. PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 [...]

Farm Bureau chief: Eminent domain push to continue despite lawsuit

The president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation says that organization’s advertising campaign aimed at convincing voters to restrict the state’s use of eminent domain will go forward, even though there is now a chance the initiative won’t even be on the November ballot. Leland Speed, the interim executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, […] [...]

Who should lead the MDA?

Speculation is rampant. Who is going to replace Gray Swoope as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) on an interim basis, and who might the next governor chose as a permanent replacement? The Mississippi Business Journal recently conducted an informal survey of approximately a half-dozen Mississippi economic developers, and asked them who they […] [...]

MDA in transition

The state’s lead economic development organization is in a state of flux as its executive director, Gray Swoope, prepares to depart for Florida. Gov. Haley Barbour will have to name a temporary replacement, who will serve until January when the next Mississippi governor enters the mansion and his choice as permanent Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) […] [...]

Main Street Matters kicks off with development goal

Effort enlists business leaders to bring more industry and tourism to Main Street communities The Mississippi Main Street Association has launched a five-year economic and community development program for the State of Mississippi dubbed “Main Street Matters.” The initiative to underwrite the effort grew out of ideas and suggestions from nearly 100 business leaders over […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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