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S.C., Georgia reported atop Volvo’s list for new car plant

April 20, 2015

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An article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday said  Volvo Cars is down to South Carolina and another unnamed state for its planned $500 million factory. Reuters reported the short list Friday, citing unnamed individuals. The second state, people with knowledge of the situation have told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is Georgia. The two states, they have […]

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Mississippi economic index shows first rise since fall

April 17, 2015

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Components of the Mississippi Leading Index, or MLI, collectively rose 0.6 percent in February, the first increase since October, state economists report. The value of the index increased 3.9 percent from the previous February, according to the April issue of Mississippi’s Business, an economic monitoring newsletter published by the University Research Center, an arm of […]

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Jackson issues RFP in 3rd try for convention center hotel developer

April 13, 2015

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The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is taking a third swing at getting a convention center hotel built. With the backing of Jackson’s elected officials, the JRA late last month issued a Request for Proposals for a hotel of at least 300 rooms on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, an approximately 300,000 square-foot conventions and […]

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Butler showing home for 46th year for Columbus Pilgrimage

April 12, 2015

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COLUMBUS — When Dixie Butler moved into Temple Heights in the summer of 1969, she had no way of knowing she would spend the next 46 winters and springs preparing the house for visitors to the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage. Every year since, Butler has spent months on preparations for the tours before opening her home […]

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Georgia legislation sets stage for eventual casino resort legalization

March 25, 2015

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Legislation that would open the door to up to six casino resorts in Georgia will be introduced in the state House on Thursday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The measures, both by Economic Development Committee Chairman Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, would generate $250 million a year to support the HOPE scholarship, according to a briefing paper obtained by […]

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New Orleans developer buys landmark in home town, Meridian

March 16, 2015

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MERIDIAN — A New Orleans developer has bought a downtown Meridian landmark — the old Hulett Furniture Co. building. Tim Hester says he was looking to invest in his home town, The Meridian Star reports. “I grew up in Meridian, played football at Meridian High, but as a developer I’ve worked in Tupelo for the […]

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Fed’s Beige Book shows sustained rise in economic activity

March 5, 2015

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Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicate that economic activity continued to expand across most regions and sectors from early January through mid-February. Central and South Mississippi are part of the Fed’s Atlanta District while North Mississippi is in the St. Louis District. The Beige Book, last published on Jan., details economic assessments from […]

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

February 23, 2015

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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 […]

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D’Iberville holds off selling Ocean Expo land

February 19, 2015

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D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville officials have tabled a development agreement with RAMCO Real Estate to buy the site that was to become Ocean Expo. Councilman Henry Toncrey said Wednesday after an executive session he wants more time to study the proposal. In 2011, the city bought the land at the southwest quadrant of interstates 10 and […]

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