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Continental running full force to get up and running by 2020

By JULIA MILLER Since breaking ground in 2016, Continental Tires has been working diligently to get it’s $1.4 billion plant up and running full force by 2020, but it won’t take that long for the company to start making economic waves. “Continental has already been a great steward to the community,” said Greg Word, Senior Vice-President of Economic Development at ...

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New plans for Costco gas pumps closer to plaintiffs?

By JACK WEATHERLY Costco Wholesale has maintained that it would “move forward” with a plan to build a store in Ridgeland since the state Supreme Court ruled in April that the city ordinance that was crafted to accommodate the project was illegal. Now the plan has been revealed, though not in detail. The store would still be built on the ...

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Full-service grocery slated for downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A key piece of the puzzle for revitalizing downtown Jackson is ready to be put in place. A grocery will be installed in the 366,000-square-foot Landmark Center on Capital St. at Lamar St., according to Dyke Nelson, chief operating officer of WN Management of Baton Rouge, which manages and directs the redevelopment of the building. Hattiesburg-based Roberts ...

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DENNIS SEID: Toyota begins search for 400 new team members

Just two weeks after announcing a $170 million expansion and the need for another 400 workers, Toyota Mississippi had its first in-house job fair Thursday to begin the search for that additional help. And for six hours, some 375 people came to the plant, got a brief tour and submitted their applications. How many will get hired remains to be ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Choice in Mississippi

In my previous column, I emphatically stated that my contrarian view of Mississippi to what the mainstream media often portrays is based on a cognitive choice. Every day people must make choices and these choices carry certain benefits, some of which may be purely financial and others that may be altruistic in nature.  Choices also carry very real costs, some ...

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PRAM recognizes Landscaping Camp campaign

Rosie Vassallo and Jeff McManus recently received the PRAM Award of Excellence, among public relations professionals in Mississippi, for the first annual Landscaping Camp event, which was designed to raise awareness on beautifying yards and showcasing Oxford MS as a preferred retirement destination. Vassallo is the Director of Retirement attraction for the Oxford Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation, while McManus ...

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Airbus workforce in Columbus celebrates adding new helicopters

COLUMBUS – Airbus Helicopters Inc. on Friday celebrated its record as a supplier to the U.S. Army at the company’s Columbus production facility where it manufactures the Army’s UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter. The Army has recently contracted for an additional 51 UH-72As to be produced from 2018 through 2020. Airbus has delivered 423 Lakota aircraft under the Army contract, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Touting economic development is as American as motherhood and apple pie

Economic and community development have seemingly passed motherhood and apple pie as the “American” thing. When was the last time you heard a candidate for public office proclaim his or objection to economic development?  But exactly what is economic development?  Or community development for that matter? The term “economic development” was hardly used before World War II, although the concept has been ...

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Louisiana site chosen for $25M graphite processing facility

VIDALIA, La. — Australian graphite producer Syrah Resources has selected a Louisiana site for a $25 million manufacturing processing facility, creating 25 new direct jobs. The Natchez Democrat reports Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Melbourne-based firm announced the selection of a Vidalia site for a graphite processing facility in a press release Monday. The new jobs will have an average salary ...

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Wise Carter hosts “Focus on Jackson” series

Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.  is hosting a series of events titled, “Focus on Jackson”.  The series includes relevant topics of interest for Jackson and focuses on education and community outreach. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba spoke at the first event on his vision for the City of Jackson. More than 100 people attended the event on Feb. 15 at ...

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