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Business park still growing after 20 years

For two decades Seaway Business Park in Gulfport has leased commercial office and warehouse space to a growing number of tenants in an expanded footprint. The developers currently are working with a major tenant to introduce its new business concept to the Mississippi Coast. Owner and developer Steve Goldin, said the thriving family-owned business opened in 1997 with 12,000 square ...

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Mississippi demands $6.4M back from electric car maker, CEO

Mississippi’s state auditor on Wednesday demanded that a troubled electric car maker or its leader repay $4.9 million in state and local aid the company received, plus $1.5 million of interest. Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the demand to GreenTech Automotive and its CEO, Charles Wang, saying the company has failed to live up to pledges to invest $60 million and ...

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New Coca-Cola museum free to public opens in Mississippi

A new Coca-Cola museum free to the public has recently opened in Mississippi. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Coke floats from an old-fashioned soda fountain were served to the crowd at the museum’s grand opening on Monday in Corinth. It houses memorabilia that is from beyond roughly 100 years ago. Corinth Coke Chairman Sandy Williams says the museum, located downtown, ...

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THE DAWNING SPACE ECONOMY — Governments and private companies are going all-out in what amounts to a new space race, and this region has a foot in both worlds

By DAVID TORTORANO Sometime next year at a site in south Mississippi, four RS-25 engines and the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System will roar to life in a teeth-rattling spectacle during a static test at the historic B-2 test stand. With a combined 2 million pounds of thrust, the engine core test at Stennis Space Center (SSC) will ...

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PROFILE: John C. Stennis Space Center

John C. Stennis Space Center, north of Interstate 10 in South Mississippi, is a 14,000-acre secure complex surrounded by a unique 125,000-acre heavily wooded buffer zone. It’s where some of the most powerful rocket engines in the world have been tested, including 27 first- and second-stage boosters for the Saturn V. In 2008 the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ...

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Mississippi companies await fallout from Trump position on Cuban trade

By JACK WEATHERLY A number of Mississippi companies and investors are interested in doing business in Cuba. President Donald Trump is not so keen on trade with the communist nation – much less, it seems, than his immediate predecessor. The Mississippi Development Authority led a group to Cuba in February. Rose Boxx, director of the MDA’s International Trade Division, told ...

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Two more tenants added to the roster at District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY The District at Eastover has announced two more additions to its mixed-use roster in Jackson as it moves toward filling what will be 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space in the 585,000-square-foot mixed use development between Meadowbrook Road and Eastover Drive along Interstate 55. Fine and Dandy, an upscale hamburger and snacks concept, and Beckham ...

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EMBDC Holds Leadership Lauderdale Graduation

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently held its 2017 Leadership Lauderdale Graduation, with 27 graduates being recognized for their completion of the program. Graduates, listed alphabetically are; Angeleque Adams, Meridian Cab Co.; Kevin Adams, Anderson Regional Health System; Tracy Alford, Citizens National Bank; Wade Allen, Regions Bank; Kim Amerson, iQor; Kathy Anderson, City of Meridian; Rebecca Brown, Citizens National ...

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Jones County official gets national certificate

Larkin Simpson of the Economic Development Authority of Jones County and Jones County Chamber of Commerce recently received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. The certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series. The training provides individuals working in the field of economic development ...

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Joblessness rates at record low in Mississippi, 3 other states

Employers added a significant number of jobs in nine states last month, and unemployment rates in four states fell to record lows. The Labor Department says the states with the largest percentage gains in jobs were Alaska, Alabama and Louisiana. The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., recorded an even larger gain. Overall, the figures suggest that steady, if slower, hiring this ...

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