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Chasing smokestacks, fostering a creative economy – can Mississippi do both?

By TED CARTER Bill Rayburn Glenn McCullough Mississippi’s government leaders and economic development officials started this decade devoted to making innovation-based, or new economy, startup companies a bigger part of the state’s economic engine. How much they’ve actually contributed as the second decade of the  21st century nears its close depends on who is doing the talking. The assessment of ...

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ROSS REILY: On Sept. 11, it’s the silence I remember

ROSS REILY It’s still hard to watch. In fact, most times I will turn my head or focus on something else when the images come on the screen. It was 17 years ago that my wife and I stood on the streets of New York and watched, in stunned silence, as the towers of the World Trade Center fell to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Special session puts Band-Aid on state road and bridge sores

BILL CRAWFORD Was that a kinder, gentler Tate Reeves emerging from the recently concluded special session of the Mississippi Legislature? Reeves said the public should note the session’s bipartisan goodwill, wrote the AP’s Emily Wagster Pettus in a wrap-up story last week. Goodwill between the House and Senate much less bipartisan goodwill have not been at the forefront of Reeves’ ...

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Central Mississippi a seller’s market for houses

By JACK WEATHERLY Central Mississippi continues to be a seller’s market for homes, with the median sales price rising 6.5 percent in July compared with a year earlier. The midpoint price of a house sold in that period rose to $189,000 from $177,500, according to the Central Mississippi Multiple Listing System. Also, days on the market were down 23.8 percent ...

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Gulfport builder wins $68 million Ingalls contract

By JACK WEATHERLY Gulfport-based Roy Anderson Corp. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $68 million by Huntington Ingalls Inc. for the East Bank Revitalization project in Pascagoula. The project is part of Huntington Ingalls’ plans to reactivate its shipbuilding facilities on the East Bank of the Pascagoula River, which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Work ...

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Starkville-based Camgian to expand to Tuscaloosa

By MBJ STAFF Starkville-based Camgian Microsystems, a pioneer in advanced sensing systems and technologies, will expand to Tuscaloosa, Ala. Camgian is a leader in developing integrated sensing platforms that provide real-time situational awareness. Using advanced technologies in sensing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, Camgian improves the performance of clients in the military, financial and industrial sectors. “We are excited ...

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ALAN TURNER — A strong dash of optimism

ALAN TURNER One can certainly find many opinions about the future of Jackson, and many of these are not exactly what we might think of a “sanguine.” However, there are others who are actually positive about some of the things going on in Jackson and Mississippi as a whole. One of those is newly appointed Regions Bank executive Robert Leard, ...

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GRAMMY Museum Mississippi has attracted 80,000 visitors since opening

By BECKY GILLETTE Emily Havens The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, which opened in March 2016, has been a game changer not just for Cleveland, but the entire Delta music tourism scene. Asked if this has been as big a deal as anticipated, Cleveland Mayor Billy Novell answers unequivocally, “Absolutely! It has been better than anticipated. The Grammy Museum Mississippi is the ...

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Mississippi Angel Fund could become go-to-place for startups

By TED CARTER Tony Jeff Innovate Mississippi expects to boost investments in promising Mississippi startups through a regional angel-fund setup it says can make deals easier and more plentiful. Organizers of the Mississippi Angel Fund say they will invite the State of Mississippi to support the funds through tax credits or perhaps even through buying shares that would entitle it ...

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Mississippi, Japan have strong foundation

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Glenn McCullough United States municipal and state officials are reaching out to Japan for economic opportunities and increased employment for the nation’s rural areas. Japan is the second largest foreign direct investor (FDI) in the United States, and the value of this country’s investments has grown to an estimate of $13 billion this year. Japan has ...

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