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Surprises among list of fastest-growing jobs

Is your business looking for a special ed teacher, a construction manager or a graphic designer? Chances are, you’ll have a wide selection of candidates to choose from, and most of them will be Mississippi educated. The U.S. Department of Labor recently released Mississippi’s fastest-growing occupations that require a bachelor’s degree, and there were a few surprises in the list. ...

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Reeves and Williams slow it down as company picks up pace

SOUTHAVEN — Mississippi’s top homebuilders are slowing down, but the business they founded 35 years ago is doing just the opposite — picking up the pace at a phenomenal speed. Reeves Williams Builders, which has dominated the state’s homebuilding business for the past several years, has already closed over 300 houses this year with a goal of 750 by year’s ...

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Companies see range of results

Mississippi’s public companies have been much in the news, both nationally and locally. WorldCom’s troubles make new headlines every day — but Mississippi’s presence on the major exchanges doesn’t begin and end with WorldCom. Mississippi is headquarters for companies in all major sectors of the US economy — from agribusiness to banking to casino gaming. Has the fallout from WorldCom’s ...

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State offers funding to facilities hoping to score conventions

Transportation from the airport, sponsoring a reception — sometimes it’s the little things that mean the difference between landing a lucrative conference and losing that meeting to a neighboring state. Facilities and hotels will have an extra edge to lure more meetings and conventions to their properties with a new incentive program recently unveiled by the state tourism division. The ...

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After decade, New South course seeing more non-developers

HATTIESBURG — On Sept. 29-Oct. 4, 2002, the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will offer its New South Economic Development course for the 10th time. This year’s course, which will offer participants training in basic concepts, strategies and methods of economic development in today’s South, will be held at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center. With a decade under its ...

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Mississippi business reacts to bankruptcy filing

After starting as a fledgling long distance reseller in Hattiesburg in 1983, the Mississippi company that became known as WorldCom, the nation’s second largest long distance provider, wrote itself into the history books on July 21, when it became the nation’s largest-ever corporate bankruptcy. With shares worth little more than a dime, the beleaguered telecommunications giant filed for bankruptcy protection ...

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