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Land-use changes first up in U.S. 80 transformation plan

Jackson mayor wants timely movement on ‘Go-80’ strategy With the ailing Metrocenter Mall tagged as ground zero, Jackson’s U.S. 80 corridor would see a sweeping rezoning under a city strategy for attracting businesses that are more economically viable and more beneficial to the community than the string of used car lots, fast-food restaurants, lounges, liquor stores, auto-repair garages and pawn ...

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Despite economy and oil spill, officials say Coast had a good year in 2010

Economic development activity continues in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties Against the backdrop of a lingering recession, ongoing hurricane recovery and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, economic development continued this year in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. “We have been quite fortunate with our resident industries at Port Bienville and Stennis Airpark,” said Jack Zink, executive director ...

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State’s retailers optimistic about season economy

Crucial final weeks before Christmas will tell the tale of potential success for retail business in 2010 The last weeks of the year are crucial for retailers who look to the holiday shopping season to improve the year’s bottom line. Like their national counterparts, Mississippi business owners welcome this time of year. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” says Johnny Miller, owner of ...

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Technology taking over

Word, NMIDA taps into new world ways to market region to prospective clients Change is certain in the world of economic development and technology taking a starring role these days. No one typifies that change more than Greg Word, manager of technical/graphic services for the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association (NMIDA). Based in West Point, the association is in its ...

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Revamp of U.S. 80 to employ multi-pronged effort — and money

Success could hinge on securing public-private partnerships, officials say Land-use changes are but one element of a strategy developed to significantly upgrade the appearance and mix of businesses along Jackson’s nine-mile U.S. 80 corridor from the Pearl River to the Clinton city limits. Together with transportation improvements and upgrades to infrastructure such as water and sewer, natural gas and telecommunications, the ...

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An economic development engine unto itself

Junior League’s Mistletoe Marketplace launches the holiday shopping season For 30 years now the place to get in the holiday mood, and for purchasing gifts at a place where the proceeds help to make a positive difference with many charitable programs in the community, is the Junior League of Jackson’s Mistletoe Marketplace. More than 156 merchants and artisans will be ...

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Nearly full strength

Port of Gulfport restoring facilities and total cargo to pre-Katrina level With the Port of Gulfport a vital component of the state’s economy, the Mississippi State Port Authority is focusing its restoration efforts in the areas of construction, design and permitting. It is also working to bring the level of business back to what it was before Hurricane Katrina brought ...

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Bigger, better

Coast now waiting for the masses to gather The multi-million-dollar expansion at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center is complete and ready to welcome large gatherings. The state-of-the-art facility expresses the flavor of the Coast in its design with shades of blue and a swooping roofline that resembles a wave. Space for meetings, conventions and trade shows has increased to 413,000 ...

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Excitement builds

Five buildings expected to open in November Five of the buildings on the new campus of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on Highway 90 in Biloxi are becoming a reality and will open to the public Nov. 8.  Dedicated to George Ohr, the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter,” it will be America’s first museum devoted to a single potter. The new museum ...

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Life on the Coast: Five years of the new normal

Has it really been five years since Hurricane Katrina roared across Mississippi?  It’s easy to think it was just yesterday but at the same time feel it’s been 50 years since life for so many people changed. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, things changed radically. Even a casual observer who doesn’t live here can drive along Highway 90 and see ...

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