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NBC poll: Gov. Bryant gets high marks; confidence in economy, legislature tepid

BY BOBBY HARRISON / MISSISSIPPI TODAY State Economist Darrin Webb told legislative leaders during a September budget hearing more of the same – the Mississippi economy is not doing as well as the national economy. “The state’s economy has struggled to gain the momentum in the years since the Great Recession,” which started in 2008, Webb said, echoing his comments ...

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EMBDC Recognizes September Ambassadors of the Month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently presented its September Ambassadors of the Month awards. Recognized were, from left, Mary Atterberry, Rush Health Systems, second place; Leah Hearn, Commercial Bank, place; Sonya Scarbrough, BankPlus, red ticket drawing winner; and Lee Williams, Regions Bank, third place. (Courtesy of EMBDC)

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Golden Triangle Leadership announces 2018-2019 Class

The Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, Greater Starkville Development Partnership, and Growth Alliance in West Point, has announced the 4th class of local business and community leaders who were selected to participate in the Golden Triangle Leadership program. Selected for the 2018-2019 GTL Class are: Alison Alexander – Instructor at East Mississippi Community College Ally Walker – Development for Palmer ...

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Entergy named a national leader in economic development

For the 11th straight year, Site Selection magazine has named Entergy a Top 10 utility in economic development nationally. The accolade is for Entergy’s role in projects that resulted in some $4.25 billion of capital investment and the creation of more than 4,688 jobs in its service territory in 2017. Over the 11 year stretch, Entergy has been directly involved ...

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Auto parts maker invests $100 million, adds 50 jobs

Automotive supplier Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi is increasing production in Lee County, investing $100 million and creating 50 jobs. Located in Guntown, APMM produces stamped auto parts, body weld parts and plastic parts. The company’s expansion accommodates increased production for the 2019 Toyota Corolla, which is produced in Blue Springs. APMM is retooling its facility and investing in workforce training. ...

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B&B Electric breaks ground on new HQ bringing 300 New jobs to Madison County

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) has announced that B&B Electrical and Utility Contractors, Inc. is breaking ground on its new headquarters in the Canton Commercial and Industrial Center, investing $6.5 Million over the next 2 years. B&B Electrical and Utility Contractors, Inc. is a family-owned company that has been in continuous operation since 1982 and is a one stop electrical ...

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John H. Bryan Jr., renowned philanthropist, longtime Sara Lee CEO, dies

By Maureen O’Donnell@suntimesobits | email The Chicago Sun Times Mississippi native and former Sara Lee Corporation chief executive officer John H. Bryan Jr., who was long one of Chicago’s leading patrons of the arts and a stunningly effective philanthropist and fundraiser, has died at 81. Mr. Bryan died Monday night — four days shy of what would have been his 82nd ...

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After major redesign, construction of Cleveland hotel complex resumes

Dinesh Chawla By Jack Weatherly After extensive redesign, the Scion West End hotel complex is moving forward in the construction phase. That’s the word from Dinesh Chawla, president of Chawla Hotels Inc., which is building the $20 million project in west Cleveland. Things were moving toward a completion in late 2017, when Chawla and his brother, Suresh, signed a deal ...

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Officers elected to Mississippi Main Street Board of Director

Ed Garner A new slate of executive officers has been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) Board of Directors. The new member and officers were elected at the recent annual awards meeting held in Jackson. Ed Gardner of Entergy Mississippi in Jackson has been elected as the MMSA Board President for 2018-2019. “The Main Street program is essential ...

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The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development

By JACK WEATHERLY The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development. Steel has risen on the Homewood Suites project site by the Ridgeland-based Heritage Hospitality Group, while two other projects announced two years earlier have yet to break ground, though spokesmen for both said about a year ago that dirt ...

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