Tag Archives: Economic Development

Delta State president takes an active recruiting role

March 31, 2014

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By Chris Kieffer, Daily Journal TUPELO – The new president of Delta State University has spent much time on the road recently, actively working to attract students to the regional university. Bill LaForge, who has been on the job since April 15, visited Lee County on Thursday, making recruiting trips to Baldwyn, Saltillo and Tupelo high […]

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Tupelo: No. 2 micropolitan in industry growth

March 4, 2014

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By Robbie Ward TUPELO – New and existing industry activity in Tupelo’s micropolitan area in 2013 created more than 900 new jobs and involved more than $78 million in capital improvements, enough to earn the second highest ranking in the nation. Site Selection magazine released the annual ranking Monday of micropolitans, a list of 576 […]

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Cathy Northington receives MEC promotion; Kilroy added as vice president

February 27, 2014

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The Mississippi Economic Council has announced the promotions of Cathy Northington and Christi Kilroy to new leadership positions. Northington has been named Vice President, Programs and Administration. Hired a decade ago as a part-time, entry-level employee, Cathy worked her way up from the ground floor at MEC. Today, Northington is in charge of facilitating Leadership […]

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Stennis project to produce “roadmap” for STEM jobs

February 21, 2014

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With high-tech science and technology jobs expected to grow at a faster pace nationwide than other occupations, South Mississippi is embarking on a key project that should help ensure it can satisfy the growing need. In it’s 20th year of operation, the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) is conducting a unique project that will result […]

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Uncle Ben’s recalls rice product

February 11, 2014

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GREENVILLE — Following reports of illness among several teachers and schoolchildren in Texas, Greenville’s Mars Foodservices U.S. has issued a voluntary recall of its Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice sold to wholesale suppliers, the Delta Democrat Times reports. The recall does not affect Uncle Ben’s ready-to-heat, boxed, bag and cup products, which are sold in supermarkets […]

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Neel-Schaffer announces Keith Purvis as Vice President

February 11, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi —  Keith Purvis, PE, has been promoted to Vice President of Transportation of Neel-Schaffer. Purvis joined Neel-Schaffer in 2011 after retiring from the Mississippi Department of Transportation as an Assistant Chief Engineer. Purvis leads Neel-Schaffer’s transportation department, working out of the firm’s headquarters office in Jackson, providing expertise on projects throughout Mississippi. “Keith […]

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Brandon recruiting help to spur development

January 13, 2014

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Traveling along Highway 80, the city of Brandon’s lack of downtown development is apparent. Now, city leaders are looking for change. The city is seeking consultants to work in city planning and economic development. The Clarion-Ledger reports the consultant’s work would focus on downtown planning, landscape architecture, urban design, historic preservation, infrastructure, transportation, market analysis […]

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HOME RUN! Tupelo lands 2014 national softball convention

December 12, 2013

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Like a number of communities across the state, the city of Tupelo has targeted sports and sports-related events as source of new money into the community. And officials have snagged a gem. The city of Tupelo has won a bid to host a national softball convention in 2014. Mayor Jason Shelton and Tupelo Convention and […]

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ALUMA-FORM locating manufacturing operations in Walnut

December 11, 2013

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JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant, officials from ALUMA-FORM and local leaders broke ground today on the company’s new manufacturing facility in the Walnut Industrial Park in Walnut, Miss., in Tippah County. The project represents a company investment of $6.7 million and will create 125 new jobs. From the Walnut location, ALUMA-FORM will manufacture and distribute […]

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Delta Council sets big agenda for board meeting

November 11, 2013

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There is a full agenda planned for the upcoming annual meeting of the board of directors of Stoneville-based Delta Council. Three committee meetings, farm policy and agricultural addresses by two key players from the Obama Administration and Capitol Hill, and an entertaining featured speech after lunch punctuate the Delta Council Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting […]

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