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72 acres of marshland donated to state

MBJ staff More than 72 acres of marshland is now the property of the state of Mississippi through a donation by the Chemours Co. DeLisle site in Pass Christian.  Formerly known as DuPont Delisle, Chemours donated the land for conservation and recreation purposes. “The Chemours DeLisle site has worked closely with several state agencies since it opened in 1979 to ...

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South Miss. Electric pursues solar project pact

MBJ staff  South Mississippi Electric announced Thursday intent to reach an agreement with Origis Energy USA, to generate electricity at a 52-megawatt solar energy facility near Sumrall in Lamar County. The parties have signed a letter of intent to proceed toward an agreement for Origis to design, develop, install and operate the electric generation site, and South Mississippi Electric will purchase ...

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Export award applications solicited

  MBJ staff The Mississippi Development Authority is accepting applications for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting. The awards will honor two companies in the service sector and two companies in the manufacturing sector. “When Mississippi-based companies choose to export, they are strengthening our local economies, helping create new career opportunities for Mississippians, expanding our state’s economy and ...

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EMV chip offers safe haven from credit, debit card counterfeiting

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By TED CARTER The EMV card era begins officially for the United States on Oct.1, making it the last developed country on Earth to adopt the new generation of payments processing. It’s a case of better late than never for U.S. banks and businesses that expect the European export to put counterfeit credit and debit card fraudsters out of business – ...

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Costco has become albatross for Renaissance expansion plan


By JACK WEATHERLY  A group headed by developer Andrew Mattiace last year applied for a sales tax rebate of up to $29.6 million for expansion of the Renaissance at Colony Park less than a month before the state law that created the Tourism Tax Incentive expired. Beating the repeal of the law enabled the Jackson developer to move forward with ...

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Yarber contacts Costco about County Line Road site


By JACK WEATHERLY  If Ridgeland doesn’t want Costco, Jackson does. That’s what Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber said Tuesday night at a homeowners association meeting. Seeing Ridgeland residents’ opposition to the wholesaler, Jackson contacted Costco Monday and sent information to the Seattle-based company about the building soon to be vacated by Best Buy, Yarber told the Heatherwood Area Homeowners Association at ...

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Federal suit charges Pearl discriminates against multi-family housing


By TED CARTER  Pearl’s efforts to put manufactured home parks in the city out of business is rooted in a “purposeful discrimination” against low-and-middle-income housing, a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of three owners of longstanding parks in Pearl charges. Jackson lawyer John G. Corlew’s suit takes aim at Pearl’s effort to use the parks’ non-conforming use designations to keep ...

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Circuit judge rules for filling vacant mobile home lots in Pearl


Mobile home parks in Pearl and Richland similar to the one pictured have been involved in a legal battle that has favored the park owners.

By TED CARTER Pearl has failed in an effort to show that its actions against a mobile park differed from those of Richland, whose attempt to prevent a manufactured  home park from refilling vacated lots met with defeat in the Supreme Court in May. Like Richland, Pearl has no legal authority to stop a park owner from filling a vacant lot, ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Faulkner the consumer deals with bills


It’s foolhardy to write about William Faulkner and his intensely scrutinized life in Oxford, but here goes. He valued himself highly long before the town, much less the world, caught on. Faulkner strutted around Oxford like a bantam rooster with his beak in the air. In those days, some people called him Count No-Account. But eventually he did establish accounts, ...

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Ambassadors are the face of the Chamber

Ambassadors for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Chamber. They wear maroon in keeping with the hometown Mississippi State University theme.

By LISA MONTI Ribbon cuttings are probably what come to mind when you hear a mention of Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors but the community volunteers provide many more valuable services to chambers and economic development agencies across the nation. In Mississippi, Ambassadors can be found from Oxford to the Coast. They help with membership drives, welcome new businesses to the ...

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