Posts Tagged ‘Panama Canal’

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 […] [...]

State port could land two new tenants; details pending

GULFPORT — The executive director of the Port of Gulfport says the facility could sign deals with two prospective tenants in the next six months. The Sun-Herald reports that news of the prospective tenants was revealed in a status report on a $570-million state restoration project at the port. It says the projects would open […] [...]

Scaled-back port plan offers chance of timely completion

by Published: November 2,2012

Tags: GULFPORT, Hurricane Katrina, Panama Canal, Port of Gulfport

Eager to shorten the time frame for upgrading and enlarging the Port of Gulfport, port commissioners last Tuesday agreed to scale back plans to elevate the West Pier to 25 feet as part of a $500 million-plus restoration and expansion of Mississippi’s main seaport. The choice ahead is whether to elevate to 12 feet or […] [...]

Search firm likely to lead effort to fill port chief job

by Published: November 2,2012

Tags: GULFPORT, Mississippi Sound, Panama Canal, Port of Gulfport

The Mississippi State Port Commission expects to hire a search firm to recruit a replacement for Don Allee, who departed his post as executive director and CEO of the Mississippi State Port Authority Nov. 2. Allee ran the Port of Gulfport for 11 years, having previously served as a port executive in Freeport, Texas, and […] [...]

Coming home, part 2- “Reshoring” could reenergize U.S. manufacturing

As director of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute, Bill Martin has an up-close familiarity with the American “reshoring” trend, especially its implications for furniture manufacturing in Mississippi. He’s not convinced the trend of factories leaving China to return to the United States has arrived in Mississippi, but change is under way and the Magnolia […] [...]

Q&A: Carol Hardwick touts MEDC’s new exchange, Y.P. programs

Carol Hardwick is executive director and COO of Jackson-based Mississippi Economic Development Council, which serves economic development and chamber professionals statewide. Hardwick studied political science at Millsaps College before working for Sen. Thad Cochran, coordinating to his 1990 and 1996 campaigns and handling PAC fundraising. Hardwick joined MEDC in 2002. She and husband, Phil, a […] [...]

Rebounding Gulfport positioning itself for new trade era’s arrival

by Published: July 10,2011

Tags: GULFPORT, Panama Canal, port, trade

Completion of the Port of Gulfport’s rebuilding should coincide well with the expected trade growth from the expanded Panama Canal as well as Latin America, port officials say. Port director Don Allee may not get the 50-foot shipping channel the Port of Gulfport would need to take full advantage of a massive increase in Asian […] [...]

Exporting education

Southern Miss a major player in deal with Panama   On Aug. 2, a delegation of state leaders, including Gov. Haley Barbour, were on hand for the signing of an historic memorandum of understanding between the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport and the Panama Canal Authority. The agreement, the first of its kind between […] [...]

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