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Economic growth slows in Mississippi in 2013

June 11, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — New figures show that Mississippi’s economy grew by 1.6 percent in 2013. Gross domestic product numbers released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all of the economic output of each state. Mississippi’s 2013 growth rate was below the national average of 1.8 percent, and ranked 29th among the […]

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Grant to create up to 420 tornado recovery jobs

May 16, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The U.S. Labor Department is sending up to $6 million to Mississippi to pay for unemployed people to help with recovery and cleanup from the April 28 tornadoes. The money, being sent to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, could create as many as 420 temporary jobs. The federal government said Friday […]

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Construction industry adds workers, but…

March 21, 2014

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There are signs that the nation’s construction industry is rebounding, but it will take a while before it fully recovers, according to one building trade association. Construction employment expanded in 195 metro areas, declined in 90 and was stagnant in 54 between January 2013 and January 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment […]

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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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Symposium to give forecast for the economy in 2014

January 8, 2014

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What does the economy hold for 2014? An event in South Mississippi will look to answer that question. The Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi will present the Economic Outlook 2014 symposium Jan. 23 at the Thad Cochran Center. Hosted by the Southern Miss College of Business and the Trent Lott National Center, […]

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Bryant proclaims 2014 ‘The Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming’

December 11, 2013

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JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed 2014 as the “Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming” during a ceremony with renowned pianist Bruce Levingston, a Mississippi native. The “Year of the Creative Economy” will feature both ongoing events and new activities throughout the year and will highlight the state’s vast talent across the creative spectrum […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: There is no political will to fix PERS

November 22, 2013

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By Bill Crawford Ask your favorite state or local officials if they have seen this statement: “A contribution rate of 16.29% of active members’ compensation for the 2014/2015 fiscal year would be needed in order to keep the anticipated accrued liability payment within 30 years in accordance with GASB Statements 25 and 27.” It’s at […]

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C Spire Wireless to offer iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c beginning Oct. 1

September 24, 2013

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Apple’s latest smartphones will be available in all of carrier’s retail stores and online at www.cspire.com RIDGELAND — C Spire Wireless today announced that it will offer iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, and iPhone 5c, the most colorful iPhone yet, to customers beginning on Oct. 1.

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State’s education cuts some of the deepest in the nation

September 16, 2013

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By Bobby Harrison for the Mississippi Business Journal Mississippi had the 10th deepest cuts nationally in education spending since the recession hit in 2008, according to a study by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. According to the study released last week, Mississippi is spending $648 less per pupil, adjusted for inflation, […]

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Where are we on this list? CNN stiffs Mississippi

August 12, 2013

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According to CNN Money, America’s top 50 small towns are not only thriving economically, they’ve also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community. … Unfortunately, there are no towns from Mississippi on this list. » Read complete story here […]

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