Tag Archives: Economic Development

MCDILL: Mississippi needs me

May 2, 2013

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No one in my family is actually from Mississippi. While my father grew up in Jackson, he was born in Alaska thanks to my grandfather’s Army posting there. My mother is from Atlanta. I was born in New Orleans. My brother was born in Virginia. Like so many others, I’m one of those “not from […]

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Belhaven University to break ground on international center

April 22, 2013

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Belhaven University officials will break ground Friday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the addition of a new international center. The Dr. Billy Kim International Center will be an 18,000 square foot facility located in the center of campus and is projected to cost $4 million. Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, said, […]

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MDA: Mississippi businesses invited to business missions to Costa Rica, Panama

April 19, 2013

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The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a delegation of Mississippi businesses on a business development mission to San Jose, Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama from July 14-20, 2013. The trip is designed to connect Mississippi companies looking to expand trade and create new business relationships with opportunities in the two markets. “In recent […]

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JPD announces overall crime drop for Capitol City

March 27, 2013

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From the City of Jackson: Preliminary information released by the Jackson Police Department detailed that overall crime in Jackson has decreased 16.2% year-to-date. Total property crime has dropped by 17.6% and violent crime has decreased 9% year-to-date as compared to this same time last year. In property crime, the most significant decreases were seen in […]

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MBJ ANALYSIS: Businessman promising $1.1 billion steel plant in Arkansas has failed to deliver on big projects announced in Mississippi

January 31, 2013

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By BECKY GILLETTE John D. Correnti, the businessman Arkansas is counting on to deliver “the largest economic development project in the state’s history,” a proposed $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County in northeast Arkansas, has recently failed to deliver on promises for big projects in Mississippi. Tuesday Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced that Correnti’s […]

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Dust off those ice skates, Madison opens temporary holiday rink

November 19, 2012

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There may be a tree in the Grand Hotel but what about an ice skating rink in the downtown square? That’s easier sung than done in Mississippi, where the record high on December 25th is 78°. There hasn’t been a place to ice skate in the Greater Jackson area since The Park on Lakeland Drive […]

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Silicor will miss deadline; future uncertain

November 16, 2012

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COLUMBUS — Lowndes County officials say they have been told by Silicor that its metal production and purification facility will not meet its Dec. 31 start date. Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsley tells the Commercial Dispatch that the announcement came during a meeting this week. In August, Lowndes County supervisors extended a Sept. 2 starting […]

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McComb wins Entergy Mississippi makeover

October 18, 2012

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Entergy Mississippi has awarded the city of McComb’s Depot District $100,000 as part of its 2012 Mississippi Makeover grant competition. According to an Entergy press release, McComb must match the grant with at least $25,000 in cash and $25,000 of in-kind support. The money will go towards revitalizing the rail town’s historic district, Ironwood Greenway and […]

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Beds, breakfast and business

August 29, 2012

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The Mississippi Development Authority’s 2012 development workshop for the Mississippi bed & breakfast industry (B&B’s) kicked off last week with meetings in Columbus, Clarksdale and at Jackson’s popular Fairview Inn. MDA representative Joy Foy says the program hopes to grow the industry and is in its third year thanks to a partnership between MDA, the […]

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Business expansion, partnership create 60 jobs in Natchez

April 18, 2012

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Gov. Phil Bryant and officials with the Blaine Companies and Fores Canada Inc. announced the creation of 60 new jobs for Natchez and Adams County. The two companies are partnering to produce and strengthen frac sand. Frac sand is used by the oil and gas industry for hydraulic fracturing of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, such […]

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