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Business leaders’ Blueprint 2011 puts priority on Creative Economy effort

Mississippi’s strengthened economic development position has equipped it to become a player in the “Creative Economy,” a pursuit that involves fostering the creation and expansion of knowledge-based business that range from high-tech to film making to capitalizing on the Magnolia State’s cultural and historic heritage. So says the Blueprint Mississippi 2011 in a list of recommendations and goals issued this ...

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Push for ‘personhood’ creates uncertainty for state businesses

Casting the human embryo into the Mississippi Constitution as a living person promises to bring “drastic change” to the way medicine is practiced in Mississippi, the president of the Mississippi State Medical Association predicts. The unknowns are immense, but you could see physician defections to other states and a migration of patients to Tennessee, Arkansas and other border states, says ...

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Hotel deal seen as lifeline for Jackson Convention Complex

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is clear about why he worked hard the last several months to broker a $96 million deal to get a convention headquarters hotel built. It’s a rescue mission — pure and simple, according to Johnson, who said he fears the city’s not-yet 3-year-old Convention Complex will soon begin withering and the area around it will ...

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WalMart gets extra 90 days to buy Canton SuperCenter land

Radio reports and rumors have it that Canton’s WalMart SuperCenter is a dead deal. A delay has occurred in the purchase of the land for the store, but plans for the SuperCenter are still very much alive, says Tim Coursey, executive director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority. Coursey’s agency owns the 18 acres on Feather Lane facing Interstate-55 ...

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‘Modest’, ‘subdued’ economic activity for Mississippi regions

Overall lending at a sample of large banks increased modestly through August within the Federal Reserve’s St. Louis District, which includes northern Mississippi, reports the Fed’s Beige Book, a tracking of economic activity released by each of the 12 Fed district s on Sept. 7. The new report details economic activity for the three-month period ending in August. The Atlanta ...

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Challenges await new Jackson Convention Center manager

After two decades in managing arenas and convention centers, Kelvin Moore next month will step into perhaps his biggest challenge yet — making the Jackson Convention Complex the designation of choice for Mississippi trade and professional organizations that have long flocked to Florida for their annual gatherings. It’s not just the Florida sun and surf Moore is up against. He ...

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Grenada Stamping adding 50 jobs in solar panel stamping

Grenada Stamping and Assembly is adding 50 jobs in an expansion of its solar panel-related stamping business. The company said the $500,000 investment is designed to accommodate the rapid growth of the solar panel-related stamping segment of its business. Grenada Stamping and Assembly has added more than 90 jobs since January 2010. This latest expansion brings the workforce at the ...

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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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