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Six months later, still lots of questions, few answers surrounding GreenTech

Almost exactly six months ago, Tunica County was the site of one of the most bizarre economic development announcements in recent Mississippi history. Xiaolin “Charles” Wang, a Chinese businessman, donned a hard hat and said he planned to build in Tunica a $1-billion hybrid vehicle manufacturing facility that would produce 1,500 vehicles a year and employ 1,500 people. He called ...

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The check’s in the mail

Decision to reduce number of days mail is delivered will hamper business The Yazoo Herald newspaper is the one place Yazooans can find out who’s getting married, who’s been arrested or what happened at the latest meeting of the county supervisors or city aldermen. The newspaper, which hits mailboxes on Wednesdays and Saturdays, also offers the biggest selection of shopping ...

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Hood says college agreement is legal

MGCCC president still hopes South Alabama comes to Gautier In yet another strange twist in the controversy surrounding an Alabama institution of higher learning looking to offer classes on a Mississippi community college campus, the Attorney General’s Office ruled that the agreement is legal — three days after the proposed partnership appeared dead. However, Attorney General Jim Hood’s opinion could ...

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Fitness center, spa has execs eyeing Capital

The 16,500-square-foot facility boasts a Pilates reformer studio, a spin studio and aerobics studio When it comes to recruiting top-level executives to a city, often times it comes down to the amenities the city has to offer. Jackson has recently been placed on a very competitive playing field with the opening of the new Fitness Center and Spa at the ...

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Bomgar regales ‘Top 40’ luncheon

  Mississippi technology guru tells 400-plus that focus is key to success About 400 people were on hand last Wednesday at the Mississippi Trade Mart for the annual luncheon honoring the 2010 class of Top 40 Under 40. The event is part of the annual Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO, a special project of the Mississippi Business Journal. Before the ...

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Mississippi enters the Google fray

Jackson, Oxford in the running for high-speed internet program that would be launched next year Site selection for most major economic development projects is wrapped in a shroud of secrecy that would make the CIA jealous. Typically, the public learns its city or state was in the running for something similar to a Toyota or Nissan plant when the site ...

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Big benefits or PR ploy?

  Among the most successful and admired companies of the past century, Google rarely makes a move without extreme amounts of fanfare that often borders on chaos. Its latest venture has produced the same result. The tech giant received more than 1,100 responses from cities and town across the U.S., in response to a request for information (RFI) related to ...

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Customers likely to pay $1M Entergy audit charge

Consultant: Entergy’s fuel purchasing above-board The final bill for a state audit of Entergy Mississippi’s fuel adjustment charges, conducted by outside party HORNE LLP, is $1.019 million. The project bill was quoted to be $780,000, but according to HORNE, the price was driven up because the accounting firm had trouble obtaining needed documents from the utility. At a recent Mississippi ...

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Banking on the Medical Mall district

Liberty Bank chooses blighted are to make biggest impact   Once thought by many lost to the scourges of crime and poverty, the Jackson Medical Mall district is seeing signs of a transformation. One of the major players in the area’s resurgence is Liberty Bank and Trust Company, the state’s only African American-owned bank and the third-largest minority financial institution ...

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Insurance clouds gathering

Wind pool or mitigation are the two issues that have folks up in arms There’s a political storm brewing over the state’s obligation to the wind pool. The Mississippi Windstorm Underwriters Association, commonly called the wind pool, is a fund created after Hurricane Katrina to help homeowners on the Mississippi Gulf Coast procure homeowners insurance. Since fiscal year 2007, the ...

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