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Housing surge

Coast housing expected to surpass pre-Katrina levels by 2011   After Hurricane Katrina, former Biloxi Mayor Gerald Blessey said the unprecedented damage meant that nothing short of a government program similar to the Marshall Plan instituted to help Europe recover from World War II would be necessary to help the region recover. “The fundamental question is this:  Will the normal ...

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Good for renters, bad for investors

Oversupply of Coast rentals means more affordability for renters, less profitability After Hurricane Katrina, some people who lost their homes were commuting from as far as the Florida Panhandle because of the major shortage of housing rentals. If one could find an apartment or house, rates were sky high. Today, as the fourth anniversary of Katrina approaches, it is a ...

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State still beefing up emergency preparedness

Hurricane Katrina’s lessons are still fresh  While the State of Mississippi’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina generally drew high marks, the storm drove home some harsh lessons about disaster preparedness. Keeping the public informed about potential storms and directing first responders to areas of need, improving the flow of traffic in the event of a mass evacuation and ...

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William Carey rebuilds on Coast

First phase of new Tradition campus dedicated   Arguably no institution of higher learning anywhere took a harder hit from Hurricane Katrina than William Carey University (WCU), the private, Baptist-affiliated college. All three of its campuses — New Orleans, Hattiesburg and Gulfport — were impacted by the storm. But, it was WCU’s Gulfport campus, overlooking the Gulf on Beach Boulevard, ...

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Recovery package still taking applications

Last of funds could take years to award   Just weeks after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Aug. 2005, the State of Mississippi petitioned Congress for help with the massive cleanup and recovery effort. Gov. Haley Barbour, the state’s congressional delegation and others were successful in securing approximately $5.4 billion in Community Development Block Grant ...

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More than a village

Teamwork among communities in Mississippi is critical for economic development success In the realm of economic development, teamwork is everything. It can take more than a village — sometimes an entire county or region — to land a new prospect or effect an expansion of an existing business or industry. While that has long been true, today’s environment makes it ...

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State making its mark with film industry

Some big budget classics like ‘A Time to Kill’ and ‘Ghosts of Mississippi’ helped lay the groundwork Mississippi and the arts are synonymous.  From Delta blues to paintings of the Gulf Coast, Mississippi holds its fair share of an artistic side.  But where most people don’t relate art to Mississippi is in film.  Of course, famous films that have highlighted ...

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CIC provides roadmap for development

From the perspective of economic development efforts, globalization has provoked a strengthening awareness that at least one priority strategy must shift away from commodities and attraction to focus on value-added innovation and entrepreneurship, says Dr. Myrtis Tabb, assistant vice president of partnerships and special projects at Delta State. “The global economy is knowledge and idea-based where the keys to job ...

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Natchez Trace lures visitors with scenic biway

The Natchez Trace continues to lure millions of visitors each year with a combination of historical and cultural attractions dotted along the scenic, uncluttered route that invites people to meander rather than zoom along the 444-mile National Park Service (NPS) road.  The Trace isn’t as well known as other NPS treasures such as Yosemite and Yellowstone. So sometimes visitors are ...

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Aero-defense, aerospace soaring in state

Mississippi’s research universities the key to growing industries From Iuka in Northeast Mississippi to the John C. Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and points between, Mississippi’s aerospace and defense industries are readily apparent. And, many see this sector as merely in its infancy. There have been several factors that have led to this clustering in the Magnolia ...

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