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Growing demand

Mississippi Foundation Seed Stocks still ginning 50 years later While the public planting seed market is well down from its peak in the 1980s, there is still a demand. And as it has for a half-century now, the Mississippi Foundation Seed Stocks, a unit of Mississippi State University’s (MSU’s) Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES), is on the field ...

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Pieces in place for big tourism boom in Mississippi

But Peavey Electronics founder Hartley Peavey says we must use them   Centuries ago, when villages decided to celebrate something – maybe a successful harvest –  business owners got to thinking. Folks doing the celebrating are probably going to be hungry, they concluded. So let’s sell them something to eat. They’ll most likely want to have something to help them ...

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Teaching competition

Cash-strapped public universities vulnerable to ‘attack?’ One of Mississippi’s largest and most important industries is under increased competition from concerns located both inside and outside the state, and, strapped for cash, is finding it hard to guard its territory. As the state’s eight public universities struggle to operate under ever-shrinking state budget allocations, private and public institutions of higher learning ...

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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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