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Leadership program gets needed boost

STARKVILLE — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved $697,051 for Mississippi State University (MSU) to create the High Performance Leadership Institute, a program aimed at turning around failing and underperforming schools in Mississippi. MSU will partner with the Mississippi Department of Education in the establishment of the High Performance Leadership Institute. After studying similar efforts in other states, MSU ...

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ATK a key player in Delta II satellite launch

IUKA — Alliant Techsystems (ATK) played a key role in the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket for NASA from Space Launch Complex 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., carrying the Missile Defense Agency’s Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstrators Program satellite. Nine ATK GEM-40 solid propulsion strap-on boosters provided augmented thrust for ...

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Study: Geothermal showing ‘strong growth’

A new report by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) shows strong growth in new geothermal power projects continuing through 2009. U.S. Geothermal Power Production and Development Update, Sept. 2009, identifies 144 new geothermal projects under development in fourteen states that could represent as much as 7,100 megawatts (MW) of new baseload power capacity. When added to the 3,100 MW of ...

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Chiquita returns to West Pier at Port of Gulfport

GULFPORT — Operations for Chiquita Brands International Inc., a major importer of bananas, have returned to the Port of Gulfport’s West Pier, Berth 1. Chiquita’s vessel, the 666-foot long EUROS LISBON, docked at Berth 1 on the West Pier earlier this month, marking the first time in more than four years that the docking space was available for use. Chiquita ...

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Camgian seizes on opportunity

Pearl native founded company that designs wireless sensor systems that drive down power consumption When the San Jose, Calif.-based Cypress Semiconductor Company announced its intention to close its Starkville design center, the founder of a Starkville-based company saw a great opportunity. Camgian Microsystems, a company that designs and develops low-cost, low-power wireless sensor systems for the federal government and private ...

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Mississippi making significant strides

Swoope and his team were ready for downturn and have reacted with more business for state Mississippi has made significant gains in economic development despite facing the effects of a national recession, Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) officials said. The MDA is hoping that momentum will continue. “In April 2008, we still had record employment, but in September, we saw the ...

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Housing surge

Coast housing expected to surpass pre-Katrina levels by 2011   After Hurricane Katrina, former Biloxi Mayor Gerald Blessey said the unprecedented damage meant that nothing short of a government program similar to the Marshall Plan instituted to help Europe recover from World War II would be necessary to help the region recover. “The fundamental question is this:  Will the normal ...

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Good for renters, bad for investors

Oversupply of Coast rentals means more affordability for renters, less profitability After Hurricane Katrina, some people who lost their homes were commuting from as far as the Florida Panhandle because of the major shortage of housing rentals. If one could find an apartment or house, rates were sky high. Today, as the fourth anniversary of Katrina approaches, it is a ...

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State still beefing up emergency preparedness

Hurricane Katrina’s lessons are still fresh  While the State of Mississippi’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina generally drew high marks, the storm drove home some harsh lessons about disaster preparedness. Keeping the public informed about potential storms and directing first responders to areas of need, improving the flow of traffic in the event of a mass evacuation and ...

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William Carey rebuilds on Coast

First phase of new Tradition campus dedicated   Arguably no institution of higher learning anywhere took a harder hit from Hurricane Katrina than William Carey University (WCU), the private, Baptist-affiliated college. All three of its campuses — New Orleans, Hattiesburg and Gulfport — were impacted by the storm. But, it was WCU’s Gulfport campus, overlooking the Gulf on Beach Boulevard, ...

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