Archive | Economic Development RSS feed for this section

May 12 election set to fill north Mississippi US House seat

February 24, 2015

0 Comments

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a May 12 special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. The seat for the 1st Congressional District in north Mississippi has been open since the Feb. 6 death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the race, […]

Continue reading...

$2 million makeover for Jackson’s Smith Park in conceptual stage

February 23, 2015

0 Comments

A vision for the first revamp of downtown Jackson’s Smith Park in more than 40 years is taking shape. A project committee of downtown business leaders hope to raise private money to secure a contribution from state government for a $2 million redo that involves opening up the 2.4-acre park’s visibility and access, building a […]

Continue reading...

Data center planned for old McRae’s

February 23, 2015

0 Comments

Venyu, a Baton Rouge-based data company, will transform the former McRae’s department store at Meadowbrook Road and State Street in Jackson into a technology center for hosting new businesses and a workforce training center and will erect a building to be leased by the Center for Telehealth, part of the Mississippi Medical Center. Details of […]

Continue reading...

Lineup announced for 2015 Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival

February 23, 2015

0 Comments

MERIDIAN — The Grammy-winning bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers is among performers at this year’s Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival in Meridian. The 62nd annual festival is May 1-2 on the lawn of the Meridian City Hall. The Stone County Rangers won a Grammy in 2013 for their album “Nobody Knows You.” Joining them for performances […]

Continue reading...

Columbus Riverwalk may be extended to Air Force base

February 21, 2015

0 Comments

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus is planning to extend the Riverwalk to Columbus Air Force Base with some state and federal help. Mayor Robert Smith tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo that the Mississippi House has voted to provide $5 million to the project. The bill is pending in the Senate. Under the plan, the trail […]

Continue reading...

Mississippi casino revenues rise, driven by coast winnings

February 21, 2015

0 Comments

Casino_rouletter_wheel RGB

JACKSON — Gamblers lost more money at Mississippi casinos in January, as Gulf Coast gambling halls continued gains of recent months. State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $165 million from gamblers in January, up 3.4 percent from $159 million in January 2014. The 11 coastal casinos won $87.3 million, up 7 percent […]

Continue reading...

TVA changing the way in charges for electricity

February 21, 2015

0 Comments

TVA

CHATTANOOGA — The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving notice that it plans to change the way it charges customers for electricity. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the nation’s largest public utility notified local power companies this month that its pricing schedules will be tweaked when the board meets in August to adopt a budget […]

Continue reading...

Federal highway money to Mississippi flattens as needs eyed

February 21, 2015

0 Comments

JACKSON — As Mississippi leaders study ways to deal with the state’s crumbling highways and bridges, declining federal funds aren’t helping the situation. The Federal Highway Trust Fund allotted $1.4 billion to Mississippi in 2013. After adjusting for inflation, that’s 3 percent less than in 2008, though it’s 10 percent more than 10 years ago. […]

Continue reading...

MDA official Jim McArthur departing for health field

February 20, 2015

0 Comments

MBJ staff Jim McArthur, deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority, will depart the agency on Feb. 27 to take a position in the health-care sector in Oxford, according to the agency. McArthur joined MDA in August 2012 after being regional sales manager in energy and water management solutions for Itron Inc., a Washington state-corporation. […]

Continue reading...

Jim Hood qualifies for re-election bid

February 20, 2015

0 Comments

Attorney General Jim Hood

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, has confirmed that he has qualified to seek re-election. The qualifying deadline is Feb. 27, and the three-term attorney general has caused some speculation by not committing earlier to a re-election effort. Thus far no other candidate has […]

Continue reading...