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Finding the right employees in the state leads to flight endurance mark

By LISA MONTI When Mississippi economic developers and elected officials were trying to recruit Aurora Flight Sciences to the state more than 10 years ago, one of the key things the Virginia-based company required was a workforce to build its advanced aerospace vehicles. Aurora found the workers they were looking for in and around Columbus, where they built the Orion ...

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County gives 10-year tax break to Aurora Flight Sciences

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County has given Aurora Flight Sciences a 10-year property tax exemption for its investment in the final expansion of its facility. Without the exemption, the unmanned aircraft manufacturer would have paid $9 million to the county in taxes through the next decade. The amount equals what Aurora invested in a 30,000-square-foot addition to its facility. The Commercial ...

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DoD awards $14M contract to Aurora Flight Sciences

COLUMBUS  — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says the Department of Defense has awarded a $14-million competitive contract to Aurora Flight Sciences in Columbus to assist in the development of a new aircraft for the Department of Defense. In a news release, Cochran’s office said Saturday that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the contract under its X-Plane program to ...

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Looming defense cuts bring return of familiar anxieties

Last Tuesday’s deal to slash defense spending by hundreds of billions as part of the deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling set off the kind of anxiousness not felt in Columbus since the Base Realignment & Closure commission shut down a half-dozen years ago. Suddenly, the Golden Triangle’s continued economic resurgence is not as sure a thing as it ...

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