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Mississippi’s key economic indicators show slight strengthening

March 19, 2015

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The performance of Mississippi’s economy in 2015 may hinge on growth in building permits, retail trade and consumer confidence offsetting a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing attributed to a stronger dollar, lower oil prices and bad weather. So say Mississippi state economists in the March issue of Mississippi’s Business, a monthly report on the state’s economy […]

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Where ideas come to grow: Innovate Mississippi’s Startup Weekend is March 27-29

March 13, 2015

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Entrepreneurs and others with a great idea waiting to happen can pitcher their creations and receive assessments from their peers at the next Start’s Startup Weekend. The Mississippi College School of Law in downtown Jackson will host an Innovate Mississippi Startup Weekend from 8 a.m. March 27 to 5 p.m. March 29. The weekend event […]

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Report: Florida bans ‘climate change’ from use by state agencies

March 9, 2015

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Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, […]

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Charleston, S.C., wins Daimler AG sweeptakes for Sprinter van plant

March 5, 2015

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The Charleston area appears to be 1,200 jobs closer to being recognized as a leading automotive center, the Charleston Post and Courier reports. While Daimler AG is not expected to announce its plan until Friday, insiders say it is primed to expand its North Charleston plant, which currently employs about 100 people and assembles Mercedes-Benz […]

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American Specialty Alloys won’t locate mill in Mississippi

February 21, 2015

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A metals manufacturer will locate in central Louisiana a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for automobile bodies. American Specialty Alloys announced Friday in a news release that the site is a 1,200-acre mill complex formerly operated by International Paper in […]

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BK Edwards Fabrication and Welding expanding in Maben

February 17, 2015

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  BK Edwards Fabrication and Welding announces the company is expanding operations at its facility in Maben. The project represents a $70,000 company investment and will create 18 new jobs, bringing employment at the facility to approximately 50. “BK Edwards is looking forward to the road improvements for our customers and vendors that visit daily,” said […]

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UPDATED: Bryant’s $50 million workforce training plan heads for floor votes

February 3, 2015

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Matching House and Senate legislation that would pull  $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund to pay for workforce training made it to the floors of their respective houses Tuesday. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and […]

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Winston Plywood breaks ground at site of new manufacturing facility in Louisville

January 31, 2015

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LOUISVILLE — Officials from Winston Plywood and Veneer, manufacturer of specialty plywood products, gathered Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the company’s new manufacturing facility in Louisville. The project represents an investment of approximately $50 million and they expect to create 400 new jobs. In April 2014, a tornado destroyed the company’s facility […]

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Bryant wants to divert $50 million from unemployment fund to workforce training

January 30, 2015

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  Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs […]

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LOOM: Single benefactor giving education privatization edge at Capitol

January 30, 2015

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  By Nancy Loom Well-funded privatization forces are gaining ground in their efforts to privatize Mississippi’s public education system, a move that would hand state tax dollars and our children’s futures to unaccountable for-profit, virtual, and private schools. Here’s what we know: a wealthy Mississippi businessman who supports privatization measures is offering large amounts of […]

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