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Mississippi’s economic development evolution

In the 1930’s Mississippi marketed itself to manufacturing companies to relocate or expand to the state in return for incentives to do so. Since then economic development in Mississippi has evolved into a comprehensive activity involving numerous government and nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to increase the wealth of the state and its communities and to improve the overall quality ...

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‘Barge’ film explores life on Miss. River

At the busy New Orleans Riverwalk, tourists take in the size and scope of the Mississippi River as immense ships travel one of the world’s busiest ports. Naval and Coast Guard ships navigate past tows and tugs. Blue-water and brown-water crews eye each other cautiously, and an old steamboat is visible in the distance. So opens a Mississippi filmmaker’s work ...

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Consultants give convention hotel details after TCI doesn’t show

A public forum Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber staged Nov. 17 to hear details on a planned convention center hotel deal “right from the horse’s mouth” fell short of that expectation when the city’s proposed partner did a no-show. Instead, the 50 or so people gathered at the Anderson United Methodist Church got some brief details on the financial arrangements ...

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As a formality, Jackson will seek convention hotel partnership proposals

Though the Jackson Redevelopment Authority doesn’t expect any takers, the authority’s board agreed Wednesday to a 15-day advertising period for a developer other than Transcontinental Realty Investments of Dallas to partner with the city on a convention headquarters hotel. The JRA board sees the action as a formality and a step toward moving a final deal between Transcontinental Realty and ...

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SR 9 project incorporates a number of firsts

At first glance, the State Route 9 reconstruction underway in Northeast Mississippi is simply a road improvement project supporting the new Toyota automobile plant at Blue Springs. However, officials say the project is bigger than even Toyota. In fact, plans for the project were hatched before Toyota announced it was coming to Mississippi. The project is expected to not only ...

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Farish developer faces obstacles with new buildout strategy

Getting OK on buildout money will not be an easy task Developers of the Farish Street Entertainment District have changed their leasing strategy to include paying for the buildouts of the clubs and shops they have restored along the first block of the former business and nightlife hub of Jackson’s African-American community. Watkins Development, which has a 45-year lease with ...

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Convention district expansion proposal gets OK

Enlarged footprint extends east to Pearl River and South to U.S. 80, taking in portions of the long-planned $1B Two Lakes project The dormant Two Lakes project and other downtown Jackson revitalization efforts could get a boost from a plan to expand the footprint of the Urban Renewal District created for the Jackson Convention complex and a planned convention headquarters ...

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Could Mississippi's Twin Creeks go the way of Solyndra?

Obama and Barbour have bet on green energy winners and losers Since its declaration of bankruptcy and subsequent FBI raid in early September, solar manufacturing company Solyndra has stayed in the national news, and President Obama has come under fire from Republicans with allegations of crony capitalism. This month the White House refused to provide documents regarding communications with Solyndra ...

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Miss. Technology Alliance holds 12th annual conference

At the Mississippi Technology Alliance’s 12th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation last week executives gathered at Jackson Convention Complex to discuss innovation in business and learn about projects from new Mississippi entrepreneurs. MTA is a state-sponsored, non-profit organization that works to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the state. MTA assists entrepreneurs in developing business plans and connecting them ...

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