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MDOT invests in Mississippi’s public transit system

The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) recently approved the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) awarding grants to multiple public transit authorities across the state for maintenance and improvement projects. “Mississippi’s public transit system is the main source of transportation for many of our citizens,” said Transportation Commissioners Dick Hall, Tom King and Mike Tagert in a joint statement by the MTC. ...

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MEC transportation task force on track to wrap up work in late fall

By TED CARTER Congress’ failure to renew federal highway funding beyond the next three months is not expected to keep a Mississippi Economic Council transportation task force from delivering an assessment of the state’s transportation needs and how to pay for them. Supporters of decreasing the state’s $2 billion road & bridge maintenance backlog are counting on the task force’s assessment ...

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3 Mississippi airports share in $4.8M in federal grants

JACKSON — Airports in Gulfport, Starkville and Kosciusko are sharing in nearly $4.8 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grants were announced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both R-Mississippi. The grants came from the Federal Aviation Administration. The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport received $3.4 million for noise mitigation measures for residences around the airport. ...

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Nissan Canton: A driving force for Mississippi’s economy

By ALAN TURNER Recently, the Mississippi Business Journal had the opportunity to tour Nissan’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Canton, and spend some time talking with Steve Marsh, the new Vice President and Plant Manager. Seeing the plant in full operation is an incredible experience.  Nissan conducts tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and they’re pleased to welcome folks of all ages.  ...

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Airport aims to reverse declining passenger numbers

GULFPORT — Officials at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport have so far been unable to stem a four-and-a-half year trend of falling passenger numbers but they are hopeful new grants and partnerships can attract more travelers. In the first five months of 2015, the number of passengers flying into and out of the airport fell by 5.9 percent compared to the ...

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State port’s Katrina relief jobs costly, slow to materialize

GULFPORT — The federal government is giving the state of Mississippi more time to create jobs promised in exchange for more than $566 million in Hurricane Katrina-relief funds. The state Port at Gulfport has used the federal money to restore and expand its West Pier, a project that will not be completed before late 2016 or possibly early 2017, port ...

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Jackson County to replace bridge in Gautier

GAUTIER — Jackson County will spend about $2 million to replace one of Gautier’s oldest bridges. Supervisor Mike Mangum told WLOX-TV in Biloxi  the LaMotte Bayou Bridge received failing grade last year from the state. “This bridge has a lot of years on it, but it has a lot of steel structure underneath it that has deteriorated because of the ...

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