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House committee passes bill aimed at improving filmmaking incentives

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are hoping to raise the caps on the state’s rebate incentives for film production. A bill that would make the change passed the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday and moved to the full House for consideration. The state’s current film incentives apply to feature films, narrative and documentary shorts, commercials and certain types of video ...

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Farish Street Group getting $10.2M loan from JRA

JACKSON — Developers of the Farish Street Entertainment District have taken the first step toward securing money needed to finish construction on the first block of the $100 million project in downtown Jackson. Yesterday, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority approved a non-binding agreement with Farish Street Group for a $10.2 million loan. As collateral, developers would put up $11 million in ...

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Following 'The Help,' county approves new incentives for filmmakers

LAUDERDALE COUNTY — Following the success of “The Help” and its impact on the Delta, Lauderdale County is hoping to attract some filmmakers. WTOK-TV reports the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors has approved an extra tax incentive for film and production companies. The proposal offers a 1 percent rebate of the 2.5 percent special tourism tax to film and/or production ...

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Creative economy hitting the road

For those who missed last August’s pioneering Creative Economy Summit in Jackson, there is good news. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) are bringing the show on the road. Beginning tomorrow, the MDA and MAC will host five Creative Economy Road Show events in regions throughout the state. From Mississippi’s artists, artisans, writers, architects and designers, ...

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Watkins buys courthouse, plans arts institute

JACKSON — The James Eastland Federal Courthouse in downtown Jackson has been tentatively sold at auction to Watkins Development for $1.45 million. Owner David Watkins, also the lead developer of the Farish Street Entertainment District, tells The Clarion-Ledger he plans to transform the 115,000-square-foot space into a privately funded university-level arts institute. An online auction for the courthouse began Aug. ...

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PRCC breaks ground for performing arts center

POPLARVILLE — Pearl River Community College officials broke ground yesterday for the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Performing Arts. More than a decade in the planning, the facility will showcase PRCC’s fine arts programs and provide a venue for performances by local, regional and national groups. Construction on the $10.4-million center is set to begin early next month by ...

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City leaders approve funding for Ohr-O'Keefe museum

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has voted 6-1 to support the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Mayor A.J. Holloway said after yesterday’s vote he would not veto the Ohr funding. The Sun Herald reports the council approved paying the minimum insurance on the city-owned buildings, covering half of the monthly utility bill up to $4,500 and providing maintenance at the ...

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Museum asks city to pay building expenses

BILOXI — The fate of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art for now rests with the Biloxi City Council. The Sun Herald reports museum representatives asked the city yesterday to pay the expenses of the museum buildings, which Biloxi owns and leases to the museum at no cost. The council unanimously voted to table the request. Councilman Clark Griffith asked how ...

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Buildings to be razed for new arts center

MERIDIAN — Officials in Meridian are getting closer to approving demolition of two old buildings at the site of a planned arts and entertainment center. WTOK reports that the board of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center is to meet the first week in September and is expected to approve demolition of the old Hotel Meridian and a structure known ...

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Creating a new economy

Empty seats were at a premium Aug. 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex as hundreds gathered for the state’s first-ever Creative Economy Summit. Attendees came to learn more about the creative economy, what it is, where it is and how communities can grow it, adding jobs and enhancing their quality of life. The event, the brainchild of Mississippi Arts Commission ...

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