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Pinebelt Foundation’s new board

Courtesy of Greater PineBelt Community Foundation The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation recently named its 2017 officers and board of directors. They are, front row, from left: Treasurer, David Burckel, CEO, Southern Bone & Joint Specialists; Executive Director, Theresa Erickson; Returning member Gigi Dillard; President, Terri Bell, President, B Communications; Director, Susan Thompson Eaves; Returning member Patty Munn, Retired, USM Instructor-College ...

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Construction tour of downtown Jackson hotel shows shape of future

By JACK WEATHERLY Mike Burton loves to point out the subtleties of the Jackson Westin as he conducts a walking tour of the hotel under construction. Such as the walls of the ground-floor passage from the east-facing lobby that are on a slight angle for a few paces, then an inset and another angled wall and so on, till the ...

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Groundbreaking held for $35 million Hattiesburg mixed-use development

By BECKY GILLETTE Ground was broken March 23 on the $35-million District at Midtown mixed-used development that will take up an entire block at Hardy Street and 31st Avenue across from the University of Southern Mississippi. While this isn’t a new industrial development, it still packs a whammy when it comes to job creation. » READ COMPLETE STORY at Hattiesburg ...

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MBJ Business Showcase — All in the Family: Dr. Catherine Sledge

As an entrepreneur married to an entrepreneur, as well as partnering in a dental practice with her father, Dr. Catherine Sledge has had to learn to juggle her personal and professional lives with all of the skill, tact, and discretion she can summon. In addition to an entrepreneurial husband, she also has two small kids, boys ages 2.5 and 5 ...

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Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba

By LISA MONTI Biloxi businessman Mike Alise was among a delegation from Mississippi who traveled to Cuba in February to look for trade opportunities. Alise, the owner and operator of Gulf Coast Produce, said he was struck by the lack of available food on the island and the fact that Cuba has to import the most basic commodities from Vietnam ...

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ADP’s Williamson a key innovative cog in Hattiesburg area development programs

By BECKY GILLETTE Valencia Williamson has overseen the creation of innovative new programs including those designed to improve the work-force preparedness of high school graduates since she was hired six years ago to head the Area Development Partnership Chamber of Commerce Division as executive vice president. “Valencia is a leading minority executive in Greater Hattiesburg and serves as a shining ...

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GLENN McCULLOUGH: Automotive industry is driving job creation in Mississippi

A little more than a decade ago, Mississippi had never produced a commercial vehicle. Today, about 4 million vehicles assembled in the state are on the road around the world, and production is showing no signs of slowing down. For Mississippians, more significant than production milestones are the contributions Toyota and Nissan have made to the state and local economy. ...

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McCormick & Company locating in Marshall County, creating 48 jobs

McCormick & Company is locating warehousing and distribution operations in Marshall Co., Miss., investing $6 million and creating 48 jobs. “I am pleased to welcome McCormick as the newest member of the state’s thriving warehousing and distribution industry. The 48 jobs being created by the company will positively benefit the local community and economy for years to come,” Gov. Phil ...

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DENNIS SEID: Economic development would suffer from cuts

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes the elimination of key economic development agencies, including the Appalachian Regional Commission, which has played a vital part in many projects in Mississippi. While there is no doubt that government can be leaner and more efficient, the work of the ARC cannot be overlooked. The ARC was created in 1965 as a federal agency ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Stores closed by online competition impact community finances

J.C. Penney announced it will close five stores in Mississippi communities – Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian, and Oxford. Earlier Sears announced three closures in Columbus, Jackson, and McComb, with more to come. Even Wal-Mart has closed stores, in Belmont, Mantachie, Sardis, Walnut, Derma and Nettleton.    Two years ago Radio Shack closed 20 stores in Mississippi, in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, ...

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