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Hotel execs mixed on seeing success for convention hotel

Now city must decide whether a hotel represents a significant financial exposure or a significant opportunity Jackson’s convention hotel conundrum started the day crews went to work readying property on the south side of Pascagoula Street for construction of the Convention Center Complex. Once that work started in earnest, Jackson’s elected officials committed themselves to someday having to make a difficult decision: ...

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Repealing ethanol subsidies

How would an eventual tax credit repeal affect Mississippi ethanol producers, the ag industry and consumers? By Amy McCullough The U.S. Senate cast a symbolic vote yesterday to end the multi-billion dollar  subsidy to corn ethanol producers that has   been in effect for three decades. The repeal is an amendment that will be tacked onto a bill which won’t likely ...

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Miss. manufacturing report card

Posted by Amy McCullough According to Ball State University calculations, Mississippi gets an A in diversification and F’s in human and venture capital on its manufacturing report card. The 2011 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), reviews several areas, including manufacturing and logistics health, human capital, cost of benefits, global ...

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GE: Solar cheaper than fossil power in 5 yrs

By Amy McCullough I was recently shocked to read a Bloomberg story titled, “GE Sees Solar Cheaper Than Fossil Power in Five Years.” General Electric Company’s global research director said, “If we can get solar at 15 cents a kilowatt-hour or lower, which I’m hopeful that we will do, you’re going to have a lot of people that are going ...

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Use 16th section land for school farms

By Amy McCullough Liberal food “elitist,” renowned chef Alice Waters, tells the Wall Street Journal in this video that school children need to eat healthier and we should all pay more for food. Children should eat healthier — and learn healthier habits, which would prevent disease and lower health care costs nationwide — but the bankrupt federal government paying more ...

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A good economic model for the Miss. Delta?

By Amy McCullough This week’s Q&A, former Community Coffee CEO Randy Russ, is now leading Jackson’s Christ United Methodist Church in “Business As Mission” work on an African coffee farm. The MBJ asked whether such an economic model might help in Mississippi’s economically depressed Delta. His response: Q – Tell us about your “business as mission” work on an African ...

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‘The Tunica Miracle’

The memories of Sugar Ditch Alley and the nation’s highest rate of poverty made infamous by a 1960s network television documentary have all but faded in Tunica County. An impoverished neighborhood in the Town of Tunica, Sugar Ditch Alley was so named for the open sewer located there. With the advent of the gaming industry nearly two decades ago and ...

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Starkville isn’t the same old sleepy Starkville that most Mississippians knew 20 years ago

This is not your daddy’s sleepy, little college town. For the past two decades, merchants in downtown Starkville have quietly transformed a city that was considered to be a poor third behind other Mississippi college towns such as Oxford and Hattiesburg. No more. Award-winning restaurants, boutique retail and other specialty shops and attractions are the rule rather than the exception ...

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Miller helps build the Columbus downtown one person at a time

To those that know her, Jan Miller does not just meet people – she meets friends. Miller admits that she’s never met a stranger. “I guess I get my personality from my mother,” said Miller, a district director for Mississippi Main Street Association whose territory covers almost half the state. “She worked for the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference for ...

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