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Barbour's selection of MDA chief stuns, pleases developers

After weeks of intense speculation that former state economic development chief Jimmy Heidel would be a shoo-in for the top spot in the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) under Gov. Haley Barbour, a new rumor that real estate magnate Leland Speed of Jackson would lead MDA began gathering steam a week before Barbour made his announcement. When Barbour declared on Jan. ...

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Cluster initiative gaining ground

A story, dear readers: A group of marine repair and retrofitting companies in Cairns, Australia, which had traditionally served the fishing fleet, were in jeopardy of closing in the late 1990s after the Great Barrier Reef area was declared ineligible for commercial fishing. Faced with a loss of three-quarters of their revenue, company representatives collaborated on a plan to address ...

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Four-laning project expected to boost economic opportunities

Long ago, a trade route stretched from southern Texas into Louisiana. It came to be known as El Camino Trail. Now, a five-state consortium hopes to reestablish and extend the trail from El Paso, Texas, on the Mexican border, to Brunswick, Ga., according to Mississippi Southern District Highway Commissioner Wayne Brown. If the consortium succeeds, 1,729 miles of U.S. 84 ...

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