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Officials report on economic impact of tourism

March 6, 2014

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Tourism officials gather yesterday in Jackson for the Mississippi Tourism Association’s “MTA Day at the Capitol,” and they had some significant numbers to share. Visitors spent more than $6.25 billion in Mississippi last fiscal year (July 2012-June 2013) as the travel and tourism industry continues to have a major impact on the state’s economy. The […]

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Tourism officials to gather for ‘MTA Day at the Capitol’

March 4, 2014

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The tourism agency will take center stage tomorrow in the Capital City. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division will join the Mississippi Tourism Association for “MTA Day at the Capitol.” Beginning tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Jackson, tourism professionals from around the state will converge to tout […]

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Lazy Magnolia to host ribbon cutting for expansion

February 28, 2014

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Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Kiln will celebrate the completion of its brewery expansion with a ribbon cutting March 7. The ceremony will also the brewery’s advancement from micro brewery to regional status. The dedication ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. followed by Lazy Magnolia’s signature First Friday event. General admission is $15. Beer stations […]

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Newest Fla, restaurant trend: Forcing customers to cover Obamacare costs

February 28, 2014

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LAKELAND, Florida — Some Tampa Bay area diners are finding a new charge on their restaurant bills. It’s an extra fee or surcharge for Obamacare, and the restaurant group that started it is based here in Florida, Tampa Bay’s Fox Channel 13 reports. “We wanted to be transparent about it. We didn’t want to hide […]

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Human Rights Campaign joins in call to reject Miss. bill it calls ‘anti-gay’

February 26, 2014

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WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is calling on Mississippi lawmakers to reject anti-gay legislation that would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT people. SB 2681, which passed the Mississippi Senate in January, would allow businesses to deny services to anyone […]

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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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Memphis airport to modernize B Concourse, consolidate operations

February 20, 2014

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MEMPHIS, Tennessee — The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority today announced plans for modernizing the B Concourse and consolidating operations at the Memphis International Airport. The multi-year, multi-phased plan includes consolidating airline and food, beverage and retail concessions into the B Concourse; and improvements such as additional moving walkways, wider corridors, larger boarding areas, higher ceilings […]

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Grenada singing the blues, and happy to do so

February 20, 2014

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The Mississippi Blues Trail is getting another marker in a part of the state not commonly thought of as a hub of the genre. Grenada County is the latest community in Mississippi to be recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker. The marker unveiling is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Grenada […]

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Haggar joins lineup at Outlets of Mississippi; grand opening March 1

February 19, 2014

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PEARL, Mississippi – Men’s apparel retailer Haggar will celebrate its grand opening at the Outlets of Mississippi March 1. Haggar is a leading brand offering casual, dress and tailored fashions for men of all ages and professions. Haggar joins more than 80 leading designer and name-brand stores at the Outlets of Mississippi including Saks Fifth […]

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Economic Council promotes Scott Waller, Vickie Powell

February 18, 2014

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The Mississippi Economic Countil has promoted Scott Waller to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Vickie Powell to senior vice president for foundations. Waller previously was senior vice president for public affairs. He is a Shubuta native and joined the MEC in 2006, where he oversaw public affairs, policy and communications. He is […]

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