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Pew issues a report on incentives programs in Miss., 9 other states.

January 23, 2015

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The Pew Charitable Trusts issued on Friday a report about the fact that 10 more states, including Mississipppi, have put into place a system for evaluating the effectiveness of incentives programs for enticing industry to locate in the state. The Mississippi Legislature last year passed legislation and Gov. Phil Bryant signed it into law. Pew, […]

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Furniture maker to make announcement

January 22, 2015

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Gov. Phil Bryant and United Furniture Industries officials will make an announcement at 11 a.m. Monday in Verona, according to news release from the Mississippi Development Authority. United announced in December that it had bought a 475,000-square-foot building formerly owned by Lane Furniture Industries. United said at the time that the facility would be used […]

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Gaming Commission shooting victim was Madison County resident

January 21, 2015

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John Gorman, a Madison County resident and 20-year veteran of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, was killed Wednesday in during a training exercise in Tunica County, according to a news release from Allen Godfrey, executive director of the commission. Gorman had most recently served as Branch Director of the Vicksburg Field Office. He was named Director […]

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Gaming Commission officer killed in accidental shooting

January 21, 2015

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A Mississippi Gaming Commission enforcement agent has died of his wounds after an accidental shooting during a training exercise in Tunica County, Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission has confirmed. Godfrey said the name of the officer and details of the accident would probably be made public later today. The shooting occurred […]

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Shipbuilders say McCain measure threatens Gulf shipyard jobs

January 20, 2015

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A proposed amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the Keystone XL pipeline bill poses a huge threat to Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry and the $15 billion economic punch the shipyards provide, the Shipbuilders Council of America and American Maritime Partnership say. The amendment proposes to eliminate the existing requirement that vessels operating exclusively in […]

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M-Braves to host 2016 Southern League All-Star Game

January 20, 2015

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The Mississippi Braves have announced the organization will host the 2016 Southern League All-Star Game at Trustmark Park. Specific events surrounding the vast celebration along with dates and times will be announced at a later date. “We are excited to return to Trustmark Park for the 2016 Southern League All-Star Game and festivities,” said Southern […]

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Entrepreneurial competitions to be held by DRA

January 15, 2015

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The Delta Regional Authority has launched The Delta Challenge — a series of entrepreneurship-pitch competitions, according to a news release.  One of five competitions will be held in Jackson on Feb. 27. Information on the time and location will be posted at  dra.gov/entrepreneur.  Others will be held in Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. “The DRA’s Entrepreneurship […]

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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

January 14, 2015

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Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in […]

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Want to send someone you know to Mars? Elon Musk may have the answer

January 13, 2015

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The world according to Elon Musk is about to get more ambitious — ranging from a Seattle engineering office to develop and launch satellites to the on-time delivery of a crossover electric SUV that will appeal to women. The 43-year-old billionaire also said in an interview he’s optimistic his Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the first […]

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FORBES: Mississippi needs a dose of transparency at state department of revenue

January 13, 2015

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A recent article in State Tax Notes details some transparency concerns at the Mississippi Department of Revenue that are (unfortunately) somewhat commonplace. For example, the department does not publish letter rulings, which can be useful in helping taxpayers understand the risk associated with a particular transaction. In general, taxpayers want to go into matters with eyes wide […]

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