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Ben Allen to retire from Downtown Jackson Partners

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com After 11 years as president of Downtown Jackson Partners, Ben Allen will retire on Sept. 30, leaving behind a record of major development in Mississippi’s largest central business district. “Ben’s commitment to the success of Downtown Jackson cannot be overstated,” Steve Davis, chairman of the DJP board of directors, said in a release. “His leadership has ...

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BILL JACOBS — Proposed tariffs will impact each and every community in Mississippi

Mississippi’s old-line newspaper publishers most definitely would be distraught of today’s media world as pointed out in Mac Gordon’s recent guest column (Sunday, June 17) in the Clarion Ledger. They would be further distraught about proposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint that may be disastrous for newspapers across Mississippi — especially the local community ones located in small towns across the ...

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Transformation of Northpark Mall aims for November completion

By JACK WEATHERLY A multimillion recasting of Northpark Mall is underway as it aims for a mid-November “grand opening,” according to general manager Kasey Dickson. Work began in early March after El Segundo, Calif.-based Pacific Retail Capital Partners bought for an undisclosed amount the 958,000-square-foot mall in September 2016 from Simon Property Group of Indianapolis, which opened the center in ...

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UPDATE: Soybean prices fall as Chinese tariff approaches

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi farmers are waiting to see how the futures market plays out as China’s threat to place a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans on July 6 approaches. It appears to be like watching a pickup plunge off a bridge in slow motion for the farmers. Since May 25, a contract for November delivery of soybeans is ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Supporting startups: Delta I-Fund comes to Jackson

Contemporaneous with my writing of this article, there are 17 teams of startups congregated on the first floor of my State Street building for the kickoff weekend of the Delta I-Fund summer cohort, an annual program funded by grants from the Winrock Foundation and the Delta Regional Authority. The mission of the Delta I-Fund is to positively impact low-to-moderate income ...

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Aldermen approve plan for Ridgeland Costco fueling station

By JACK WEATHERLY The Ridgeland Board of Aldermen voted 4-3 Tuesday night to move forward with a site plan allowing a Costco Wholesale Store fueling station. But the plan faces a legal obstacle much like the plan for the Costco Wholesale store that was struck down by the Mississippi Supreme Court. That 7-0 vote by the Supreme Court on April ...

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Coast Coliseum to get food overhaul starting July 1

Visitors to the Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi will soon be in for some new food. The Sun Herald reports that Levy Convention Centers will become the new food service provider as of July 1. Matt McDonnell, executive director of the Center, said Levy will invest $2.5 million in new equipment and venues. New concession stands, cafes and a VIP ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Other states’ Republican leaders stand up to Trump tariffs

Trump tariffs and retaliatory tariffs are no big deal for Mississippi say key Republican leaders. “Everything will work out,” is their mantra.   Meanwhile, Trump tariffs kicked in June 1st on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. Mexico imposed retaliatory tariffs on June 5th, Canada will on July 1st, and the EU will later ...

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McDonald’s restaurants expect to hire 4,500 in Mississippi this summer

McDonald’s and its independent franchisees are gearing up to hire approximately 4,500 restaurant employees in Mississippi to better serve customers this busy season. This is good news for job seekers who are interested in pursuing an education while working since McDonald’s recently announced that it is allocating $150 million over five years to its global Archways to Opportunity education program, ...

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Soybeans to take major hit as China announces equal penalties to retaliate for US tariffs

China’s government responded quickly to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on Chinese goods by announcing Friday it will immediately impose penalties of “equal strength” on U.S. products. The Commerce Ministry said it also was scrapping deals to buy more American farm goods and other exports as part of efforts to defuse a sprawling dispute over its trade surplus and ...

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