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Diplomat urges businesses to explore Great White North

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and a Canadian diplomat are urging Mississippi’s business community to look north for trading opportunities. Stephen Brereton, Canada’s consul general in Atlanta, spoke before the Mississippi Economic Council yesterday at its annual Hobnob event in Jackson. The Canadian ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, had been scheduled to attend. […] [...]

State agency exploring potential land swap on Coast

OCEAN SPRINGS and BILOXI — Lawyers at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources are looking at a proposal to swap land and businesses the DMR owns at the Ocean Springs Harbor for acreage in Biloxi. A DMR spokeswoman tells the Sun Herald legal discussions are taking place. The move would enable a 168-boat storage shed […] [...]

Secretary LaHood to visit State Port next week

GULFPORT — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is expected to visit the Port of Gulfport next Tuesday. Executive director Don Allee tells The Sun Herald LaHood’s office contacted the port, saying he would be in the region and asking if a visit could be arranged. He will have about an hour for the visit. […] [...]

Low water shuts down Mississippi River; nearly 100 boats idled

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage yesterday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville has been closed intermittently since Aug. […] [...]

Review finds problems with port’s expansion plans

GULFPORT — A review ordered by Gov. Phil Bryant finds a number of problems with expansion plans at the Port of Gulfport. One is that the state port doesn’t have long-term leases with four current tenants that will operate on the expanded West Pier, The Sun-Herald reported. The consulting firm R.J. Johns & Associates also […] [...]

Report: Gulf Coast ports need help to ready for expanded Panama Canal

GULF OF MEXICO — A federal agency says seaports in the Southeast region need the most help getting ready to trade with supersized cargo ships expected to arrive soon through an expanded Panama Canal. A report to Congress released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says ports on the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts […] [...]

Port officials give nod to sports complex study

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport has agreed to allow a company to study placing a sports complex on an approximately 28-acre parcel on the port property. The Sun Herald reports yesterday’s vote by the Port Commission allows the group, known as Overtime Sports, only to study building something at the port. It doesn’t approve […] [...]

South Korean ambassador to meet with business leaders

NEW ORLEANS — South Korea’s ambassador to the United States will meet with Mississippi and Louisiana business people later this month in New Orleans. Han Duck-soo is the ambassador. He’s also a former prime minister and current chairman of the Korea-U.S. Economic Council Inc., which promotes economic ties between the two countries. The council is […] [...]

Port looking to work around hundreds of nesting least terns

GULFPORT — Hundreds of least terns are nesting on the state port’s West Pier in Gulfport. Port Restoration director Joe Conn tells the Sun Herald the port is submitting a plan to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to work around the birds. The port’s West Pier is being expanded, elevated and updated to house a […] [...]

Bryant signs bill removing port from state oversight

GULFPORT ­ — Legislation that removes the Port of Gulfport and its $570 million post-Hurricane Katrina expansion and renovation from state government oversight has been signed by the governor. House Bill 1091 took effect with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature this past week. The bill exempts the Port of Gulfport from state-agency bidding and purchasing oversight […] [...]

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