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Texting Leader, Pearl River Glass win MTA's New Venture Challenge

RIDGELAND and JACKSON — Ridgeland-based Texting Leader, LLC and Jackson-based Pearl River Glass Studio Inc. both received first place in separate divisions of the Mississippi Technology Alliance’s (MTA) Fifth Annual Mississippi New Venture Challenge at the Jackson Convention Complex. The New Venture Challenge is a business plan competition that provides an opportunity for aspiring innovators and technology entrepreneurs to pitch ...

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General Atomics begins Shannon expansion, expects to add 25 jobs

General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems (GA EMS) Group broke ground Wednesday on a $12 million expansion to its existing 127,000-square-foot facility in Shannon in Lee County. The expansion is expected to create 25 additional direct jobs over the next three years. From its Lee County location, General Atomics manufactures, assembles and tests Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems (EMALS), which are used to ...

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Historic Defense Department purchase upgrades supercomputing capabilities

VICKSBURG and HANCOCK COUNTY — The Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DOD HPCMP) has just completed its largest one-time investment in supercomputing capability. The total acquisition is valued at $105 million, and includes $80 million for multiple systems along with an additional $25 million in hardware and software maintenance services. This would more than double the DOD ...

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Mad Genius VP: Creativity still needed as technology changes business

Growing up in a quiet suburb of Kansas City, Mo., Eric Hughes exhibited a creative bent from an early age. Now the vice president/creative director of Mad Genius, he was also exposed to the advertising industry early. He spent summers during high school working in his dad’s Kansas City agency. “I was the kid who was always drawing. Colors fascinated ...

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C Spire Wireless gives update on 4G LTE network build-out

RIDGELAND — C Spire Wireless has released details on progress the company has made in readying its network for introduction of 4G LTE (Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution) high-speed mobile broadband services beginning in September. The company reports it is investing $60 million for the initial introductory phase of 4G LTE mobile broadband services in 20 Mississippi markets covering 2,700 ...

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SemiSouth Laboratories earns 30th U.S. patent

STARKVILLE — SemiSouth Laboratories Inc. has earned its 30th U.S. patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. U.S. patent 8,169,022 was issued May 1 titled “Vertical Junction Field Effect Transistors and Diodes Having Graded Doped Regions and Methods of Making.” It was co-invented by Dr. Michael Mazzola, a co-founder of SemiSouth in 2000 when the company spun off of ...

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Companies in search of venture capital enter ‘Shark Tank’ Tuesday

  Three dozen Mississippi business innovators will pitch their ideas Tuesday at the “Shark Tank – New Venture Challenge” at the Jackson Convention Complex. This is the 5th annual venture capital challenge presented by the Mississippi Technology Alliance. Presentations will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will conclude with a networking seminar at p.m. at which the winners ...

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TEC lowers long distance rates for residences, businesses

BAY SPRINGS — TEC has decreased its residential and business non-day long distance rates by 17 percent. The rate decrease is retroactive to May 1. “As part of our vision, TEC’s focus is to make a positive impact on our customers, our employees and our community,” said Joey F. Garner, executive vice president of TEC. “In today’s economy, we are ...

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State House recognizes Bomgar founder business success

JACKSON — The Mississippi House of Representatives recently commended Joel Bomgar, founder and CEO of Bomgar Corporation, being the innovative force that created Bomgar, an international provider remote support software. In House Resolution 94, the House of Representatives noted the technological developments made by Bomgar and his company, which have furthered the state’s stand in the technology world. “I am ...

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