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Enhancing small business exporting is Trade Expo goal

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), along with the Mississippi World Trade Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration, will host the 2012 Gulf States Trade Alliance Annual Export Conference from April 10-12 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The Gulf States Trade Alliance is comprised of economic development agencies from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana. The ...

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PERS bills strike certain benefits from retirement salary calculations

A pair of identical Mississippi House and Senate bills that tinker with compensation calculations for public employee retirement purposes survived last Tuesday’s cutoff for advancing out of committees. Legislators held off this year tackling major reforms to the Public Employees Retirement System suggested by former Gov. Haley Barbour’s 12-member study commission. Barbour created the commission and pushed for aggressive reforms ...

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Minority Business Expo at Stennis Space Center is March 29

The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) will host a Minority Business Expo at Stennis Space Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29. Organizers are looking for companies to exhibit at the expo. Table-top stations will be provided for those wishing to display their products and informational materials on their services. Space is limited and will be assigned on ...

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Indian gaming revenue rebounded in 2010, outpacing commercial casinos

Gambling revenue at casinos run by American Indian tribes edged up slightly in 2010, while the take for commercial casinos declined slightly, an annual report released Tuesday shows.. The tribal casinos’ uptick in revenue reversed a first-ever drop in revenue the previous year, the report detailed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says. Read the full story.

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Golden Nugget coming to Biloxi with conversion of Isle Casino

Golden Nugget Casinos is expanding to include what will be The Golden Nugget Biloxi, complete with enhancements to the existing 720-room hotel and new amenities. The expansion is coming via the acquisition of the Isle Casino Hotel in Biloxi, said Tilman J. Fertitta, chairman, CEO & owner of Landry’s Inc. Fertitta’s gaming companies include Golden Nugget Casinos in Las Vegas, ...

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Alabama says immigration reform costly; Mississippi calls it a moneymaker

Alabama’s immigration ID law will cost the state 70,000 to 140,000 direct and indirect jobs annually and could put a dent of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion in the state’s GDP. So says a report issued Jan. 30 by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research. Mississippi’s is making a far different calculation. Gov. Phil Bryant said ...

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Fed reports improving economic health for Mississippi districts

The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book for Feb. 29, a periodic assessment of economic health throughout the Reserve Bank’s 12 districts, reported economic activity nationwide continued to increase at a modest to moderate pace from January through February. Hiring, manufacturing and banking all showed increases. Retail spending and tourism showed gains in some districts. Residential real estate declined in some districts ...

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‘Catholic Day’ or not, Bryant to vow immigration crackdown support

By Ted Carter Gov. Phil Bryant will gather in the Capitol Wednesday with Tea Party allies to detail progress on giving Mississippi an “Alabama-style” law to keep undocumented immigrants from working in the state. The 1:30 p.m. joint press conference with the Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement and the Mississippi Tea Party could present some awkwardness because of ...

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March MDA trip aims to expand state's Israel business ties

he Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a delegation of state business leaders on a business development mission to Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem, Israel from March 17-22. The trip is designed to connect Mississippi businesses looking to expand trade and create business relationships with opportunities in Israeli markets. During the business development mission, delegates will meet one-on-one with qualified ...

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Kicker: Mississippi Craft Center named one of top 10 in country

Julia Daily, executive director, Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild, has traveled around the country to visit art galleries and craft centers like the one she oversees, the Mississippi Craft Center. She has found that the work of Mississippi artists and craftsmen compares favorably to the best in the nation. “I would place our artisans up against any in the country,” Daily said. ...

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