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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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Gov. Phil Bryant

  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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Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership annual meeting is Wednesday

January 27, 2015

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The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (GJCP) will host its 2014 annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. 6to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Investors, volunteers and the general public will receive updates on the progress of the Partnership’s recent strategic plan initiatives for the Greater Jackson area.  Chairman Andy Taggart, Chairman-Elect David Gates and […]

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Shipbuilders say McCain measure threatens Gulf shipyard jobs

January 20, 2015

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A proposed amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the Keystone XL pipeline bill poses a huge threat to Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry and the $15 billion economic punch the shipyards provide, the Shipbuilders Council of America and American Maritime Partnership say. The amendment proposes to eliminate the existing requirement that vessels operating exclusively in […]

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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

January 14, 2015

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Reluctance to add workers is waning across the South, the Atlanta Fed reports.

Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in […]

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

January 8, 2015

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Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and […]

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Ingalls-built Amphibious Assault Ship ‘America’ sails away Thursday

July 8, 2014

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Special to the MBJ The newly completed amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) will sail away from Ingalls Shipbuilding at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, destined for the West Coast and its Oct. 11 commissioning ceremony in San Francisco. Sailors will “man the rails” in their Navy whites when the ship departs. LHA 6 is the first […]

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MDA grants KiOR forbearance after biofuels maker defaults on payment

July 3, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Mississippi — In a sign that biofuel maker KiOR Inc.’s money troubles aren’t letting up, the start-up company will make a $250,000 forbearance payment to the Mississippi Development Authority in exchange for 120 days to get current on its nearly $70 million debt to the MDA. KiOR defaulted on a $1.87 million payment that was […]

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