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Mims named to Hall of Fame

HATTIESBURG — Jervis Mims of Hattiesburg was recently inducted into the Mississippi Housing Hall of Fame, the highest honor given by the Home Builders Association of Mississippi. Mims, a graduate of Forrest County AHS in Brooklyn, attended the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1952-1960. He grew up around the building business, ...

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'Saints' bill clears Louisiana Senate

NEW ORLEANS — The AP reports the Louisiana Senate has approved an essential part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s deal to keep the New Orleans Saints in the state. There was little discussion about the bill before it was unanimously approved. It heads back to the House for approval of changes before it heads to Jindal. The measure, which allows the ...

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Katrina recovery package approved

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced funding for Mississippi to assist in continued Hurricane Katrina recovery. The funding was approved through the FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill. The Conference Report, which was agreed to by the Senate and the House of Representatives, was approved yesterday by the U.S. Senate. “Final passage of the federal supplemental appropriations bill ...

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Workshop to look at coastal development

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The workshop “Wetlands and Water Quality: Regulating Construction Impacts in Coastal Areas” will be offered in three locations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August. The event will be held Aug. 4 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Estuarine Education Center in Gautier, Aug. 5 at the Gulf Park campus of the University of Southern Mississippi ...

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Construction material costs rise

WASHINGTON — After eight months of decline, prices of construction materials increased 0.5 percent in May 2009. However, prices are still down by 5.3 percent on a year-over-year basis. Construction materials trending higher include fabricated ferrous wire, up 0.5 percent, marking the first increase since October of last year. On a year-over-year basis, prices are up 0.1 percent. Prices for ...

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Katrina recovery project underway

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Washington Street Project, seen as a major component of Bay St. Louis’ Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, has begun. The $3-million initiative was funded by Mississippi’s federally-sourced Katrina recovery program. “The Washington Street Project is another excellent example of the state stepping aside and letting the local community plan and prioritize its needs in the ongoing ...

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Katrina recovery funds approved

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced funding for Mississippi to assist in continued Hurricane Katrina recovery. The funding was approved through the FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill, which was agreed to by the Senate-House Conference Committee. Funding details are: • $439 million for Mississippi’s barrier islands — Funds will be used to fortify and restore the islands, ...

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HCDC moves into new office

GULFPORT — The Harrison County Development Commission (HCDC) has relocated its office on Intraplex Parkway in Gulfport. HCDC’s new mailing address is 12281 Intraplex Parkway, Gulfport, 39503. The phone number, (228) 896-5020, and fax number, (228) 896-6020, will remain the same. Created in 1958, the HCDC is the lead economic development agency for Harrison County, including the cities of Pass ...

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With some people paying more than three times what they were, affordable insurance plagues Coast’s recovery

  Nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Gulf Coast remains a shell of its former self. While many challenges have been met, the lack of affordable insurance continues to plague the region’s recovery. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said that insurance rates, particularly on the residential side, vary greatly from street to street on the Coast. Property owners ...

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LEED v3 is so new many architects still are unfamiliar with it

In late April, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) rolled out its next version of  the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system. Dubbed LEED v3, it builds on the fundamental structure and familiarity of the existing rating system (LEED v2.2) while incorporating new technology and addressing priorities such as energy usage and CO2 emissions. LEED v3 ...

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