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Nearly full strength

Port of Gulfport restoring facilities and total cargo to pre-Katrina level With the Port of Gulfport a vital component of the state’s economy, the Mississippi State Port Authority is focusing its restoration efforts in the areas of construction, design and permitting. It is also working to bring the level of business back to what it was before Hurricane Katrina brought ...

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Bigger, better

Coast now waiting for the masses to gather The multi-million-dollar expansion at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center is complete and ready to welcome large gatherings. The state-of-the-art facility expresses the flavor of the Coast in its design with shades of blue and a swooping roofline that resembles a wave. Space for meetings, conventions and trade shows has increased to 413,000 ...

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Excitement builds

Five buildings expected to open in November Five of the buildings on the new campus of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on Highway 90 in Biloxi are becoming a reality and will open to the public Nov. 8.  Dedicated to George Ohr, the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter,” it will be America’s first museum devoted to a single potter. The new museum ...

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Life on the Coast: Five years of the new normal

Has it really been five years since Hurricane Katrina roared across Mississippi?  It’s easy to think it was just yesterday but at the same time feel it’s been 50 years since life for so many people changed. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, things changed radically. Even a casual observer who doesn’t live here can drive along Highway 90 and see ...

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‘Cadillac of welcome wagons’

Lighthouse Park is on the way   Ask Vincent Creel about the Biloxi Lighthouse Park and Visitor Center, and he gets really excited. The 25,000-square-foot complex will be the “Cadillac of welcome wagons,” Creel said. Expected to open in April 2011, the Lighthouse Park and Visitor Center’s total cost will fall somewhere between $13 million and $15 million, with $8 ...

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Bringing back Central Ave.

In the 1970s and into the 1980s, Central Avenue in D’Iberville was a bustling corridor that connected the small Gulf Coast town with its larger neighbor, Biloxi. Businesses thrived there. According to D’Iberville’s director of community development, between 15,000 and 20,000 cars pounded the Central Avenue pavement daily, most of them carrying commuters to and from Biloxi. That isn’t the ...

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Heritage or Hindrance? — Mississippi flag plays a role in state’s sports and economic development

Pearl’s Trustmark Park is in the hunt to host the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, but in the end, the SEC says our state flag is a negative factor, officially making the Confederate symbol a financial liability Since the mid 1990s, the Birmingham, Ala., suburb of Hoover has been the site of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament. That may change next year. ...

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Swoope: State must be relentless

  MDA head says business has moved into state and more is coming   While not immune to the recession, business recruitment and retention in Mississippi has not slacked, and a slew of economic development projects are underway. “I think that certainly the national and global economy has a major economic impact on our state. We’re not immune to it, but ...

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Tupelo has seen expansion during tough times

While much of Mississippi struggles economically, Tupelo has seen expansions and new projects pump $53 million in capital investments during the last year, said Shane Homan, senior vice president of the Community Development Foundation in Tupelo. From May 2009 to April 2010, the Tupelo area has had 12 expansions and four new projects that will create an estimated $27 million ...

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Healthcare, education, military stirs economy

Hattiesburg has been named as one of the top 10 small metro areas in the nation   A strong healthcare system, universities and a military presence have helped economic development in the Hattiesburg area weather the economic downturn. “The Pine Belt has not been completely immune to the economic downturn. However, due to the diversity of our economy we have ...

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