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Speed not conceding fight against eminent domain limits

Things haven’t been going Leland Speed’s way in his court challenges to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would curb Mississippi’s power to take private property for large economic development projects But don’t look for Speed, a real estate executive and interim Mississippi Development Authority chief, to walk away from the fight. “I’m inclined to go forward,” said ...

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Public land in Delta impacted by river flood

Every year, hunters flock to the Delta to take advantage of some of the best public hunting land in the state offered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks’ wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This year, however, hunters are wondering if they should find somewhere else ...

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North Mississippi's Sherman gains Toyota logistics provider, 100 jobs

The tiny community of Sherman, Miss., Pontotoc County has landed a large supply chain operator that will provide warehousing and storage services to Toyota and its supply base, as well as a full-service truck maintenance operation. The community of fewer than 650 residents will gain 100 new jobs over the three years from a KC Integrated Services logistics service center. ...

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County spending data now online at SeetheSpending.org

Policy group puts data online for citizens; may sue Hinds County JACKSON – Mississippians can now see the details of spending decisions made by 62 of the state’s 82 counties at SeeTheSpending.org in an easily searchable format. “People are frustrated with the direction of government, and they feel helpless to do anything about it,” said Forest Thigpen, president of the ...

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Summit: Natural gas means economic development for Mississippi

Energy industry stakeholders gathered yesterday at the Unlocking the Value of Natural Gas summit at the Jackson Convention Complex to discuss unique economic opportunities available to Mississippi through the natural gas industry. Michelle Bloodworth, vice president of business development for ANGA, said, “Mississippi is well-poised from an economic development and a recruiting standpoint to take advantage of natural gas resources.” ...

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High court: Eminent domain vote a go but later review possible

The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday dashed Leland Speed’s bid to keep a constitutional amendment limiting eminent domain off Mississippi’s November ballot. But in issuing the 7-2 ruling, the justices said they would be willing to reconsider Speed’s arguments if the amendment passes. The court essentially ruled that it has no jurisdiction over the matter, since no change to state law ...

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Delta Regional Authority, SBA team to bring capital to small businesses

Businesses in the Mississippi Delta secured more U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) working capital loans in the first six months of this year than the same period for 2010, says the Delta Regional Authority, a multi-state economic development entity based in Clarksdale and Little Rock, Ark. Strong loan volume is also occurring in many of the Delta Regional Authority’s other ...

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Thigpen first at bat for chamber, tourism, economic development and Main Street program in Cleveland

When it comes to heading up the local chamber of commerce and economic development programs, who better than someone who grew up in the area and loves it so much that he has stayed practically his entire life? That fits the description for Judson Thigpen III, executive director of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. Except for a year playing ...

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Natural gas summit set for Sept. 8

Energy Experts to Discuss Economic Impact at Sept. 8 Event The 2011 Energy Forum: “Unlocking the Value of Natural Gas” will be a one-day conference featuring experts in the energy industry discussing the role of gas in Mississippi and the nation. The conference will be held Sept. 8 at the Jackson Convention Complex. Among the speakers at the event are ...

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Will solar panels made in Miss. be used in Miss.?

Although Mississippians will be manufacturing solar panels at Stion in Hattiesburg, they will find it difficult to use the company’s products at home unless the state Public Service Commission adopts a uniform net-metering policy. Stion touts its residential products on its website: “Stion’s panels can help you save money on your electricity bill, gain energy independence and increase your property’s ...

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