Archive | June, 2011

200 Renaissance gets LEED Gold Certification

June 22, 2011

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Going green turned to gold this week for 200 Renaissance at Colony Park, with the Ridgeland office building receiving a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Colony Park’s Jackson-based developer HC Bailey says the 200 Renaissance is the largest private office building in Mississippi to achieve LEED Gold certification. The award, HC […]

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Death on the half-shell: Flood could kill 90 percent of state’s oysters

June 19, 2011

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Another major disaster is facing Mississippi, and this one could totally wipe out Mississippi’s oysters. If that happens it could be months — perhaps years — before another oyster is harvested in Mississippi waters. The historic Mississippi River flood has dumped so much freshwater into the Mississippi Sound that scientists are concerned that there will […]

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Ordinance would set stage for truck-side cuisine in Jackson

June 19, 2011

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City Councilman Quentin Whitwell has cooked up an idea he thinks will add to Jackson’s “coolness” quotient and give an economic boost to boot. Whitwell, the Ward 1 rep who took office after a special election earlier this year, wants to see food trucks flood the city to offer passersby cooked-on-the-spot cuisine. The food trucks […]

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Fondness for creative, diverse foods fuels mobile vendor craze

June 19, 2011

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California gave us McDonald’s more than five decades ago. Now that our tastes have matured way past quick-serve burgers on a sesame seed bun, the Golden State is exposing us to cuisines of all cultures – from a roadside truck. The food truck trend started in Los Angeles and has spread to the East Coast […]

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Hotel execs mixed on seeing success for convention hotel

June 19, 2011

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Now city must decide whether a hotel represents a significant financial exposure or a significant opportunity Jackson’s convention hotel conundrum started the day crews went to work readying property on the south side of Pascagoula Street for construction of the Convention Center Complex. Once that work started in earnest, Jackson’s elected officials committed themselves to someday having […]

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Convention board members differ on opinions about hotel FEASIBILITY study

June 19, 2011

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The head of the Jackson Convention Complex and its governing board have gone silent on whether a hotel connected to the complex would be economically viable. A key executive of TCI Investments, a Dallas company in talks with the city on a 50-50 partnership to build a $94 million, 308-room convention headquarters hotel, says officials […]

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Alternative fuels put to use in Mississippi

June 19, 2011

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Rising gas prices along with pressures to “go green” have Mississippi municipalities and companies talking about using alternative fuels, such as propane and natural gas, to power their vehicles. A few municipalities – the City of Starkville, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and the City of West Point – received Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) grants […]

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Repealing ethanol subsidies

June 17, 2011

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How would an eventual tax credit repeal affect Mississippi ethanol producers, the ag industry and consumers? By Amy McCullough The U.S. Senate cast a symbolic vote yesterday to end the multi-billion dollar  subsidy to corn ethanol producers that has   been in effect for three decades. The repeal is an amendment that will be tacked onto […]

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Jackson’s Power APAC teaches trade

June 14, 2011

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By Amy McCullough Watch this excellent MBJ-TV video of  Jackson’s Power APAC project teaching international trade. Students had to create their own goods to sell and learn about international currencies. Stay with it until the end to see the creative student dressed like Tina Turner who will sing songs for $3. From http://power.jpsms.org/about-us: “For over […]

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Miss. manufacturing report card

June 13, 2011

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Posted by Amy McCullough According to Ball State University calculations, Mississippi gets an A in diversification and F’s in human and venture capital on its manufacturing report card. The 2011 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), reviews several areas, including manufacturing and logistics health, human […]

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