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Glenn McCullough ‘trained’ at TVA for his new job as MDA chief

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, right, announces Glenn McCullough Jr. as the new director of the state's economic development agency during the annual meeting of the state chamber of commerce, the Mississippi Economic Council, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. McCullough is a former head of the Tennessee Valley Authority and former mayor of Tupelo and will succeed Brent Christensen, who is leaving the Mississippi Development Authority for a job in Greensboro, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By JACK WEATHERLY & TED CARTER Gov. Phil Bryant says he didn’t need to look outside of the state to seek his next executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. He selected Glenn L. McCullough Jr. of Tupelo, who did a lot of work for his home state when he was running the Tennessee Valley Authority. In fact, Tupelo was the ...

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Mississippian Glenn McCullough Jr. gets nod as new MDA chief

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By TED CARTER An executive search that never left Mississippi has led to the appointment of Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Speaking to luncheon guests at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting, Gov. Phil Bryant said he kept the search within ...

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Source: McCullough a leading candidate for MDA job

        By JACK WEATHERLY Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, is a leading candidate to become executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, according to a source familiar with the situation. McCullough said in a telephone interview with the Mississippi Business Journal  Thursday afternoon that “the MDA is very important ...

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TRANSITION AT THE MDA — Is Mississippi better off than it was 3 years ago?

By JACK WEATHERLY  Is Mississippi better off than it was three years ago? That’s a fair enough question when it comes to measurable matters such as jobs created and money invested. The answer is: depends on whom you’re asking. And what you’re asking. When the Mississippi Development Authority announced April 8 that Brent Christensen  was resigning his job as executive ...

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Tucker gets Mississippi Main Street post

Lori Tucker of Baldwyn, Miss. has been elected the 2015-2016 Manager Representative of the Mississippi Main Street Association Board of Directors. Tucker has served as the Director of the Baldwyn Main Street Chamber since 2008. The MMSA board is made up of a statewide group of business, government and community leaders. Two positions on the board are reserved for manager ...

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ASA postmortem: industrial recruiting is a constant cycle of death and life

By JACK WEATHERLY  Raising $1.2 billion for an industrial project can be a daunting task, if not a deal killer. For economic developers in Mississippi, American Specialty Alloys’ protracted and secretive efforts in that regard became an issue that ultimately sent the project south to Pineville, La. American Specialty started out last year with a show of force that augured well ...

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(UPDATE) Aluminum maker, recruiter still at impasse on $1.2 billion project

By JACK WEATHERLY  The impasse between American Specialty Alloys and Golden Triangle economic development officials has not eased. The startup aluminum maker with offices in Columbus that says it will build a $1.2 billion mill — somewhere — is “pulling up stakes” and heading for Alexandria, La., Joe Max Higgins, executive director of Golden Triangle Development LINK, said Tuesday. That’s ...

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Mississippi files fraud lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR failure

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the state into loaning the company $75 million. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Hinds County Circuit Court, alleges Khosla and others engaged in fraud, negligence and conspiracy to hide the ...

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U.S. Treasury Department awards Mississippi more than $4.4 million in state small business credit initiative funds

The U.S. Treasury Department has awarded Mississippi more than $4.4 million in State Small Business Credit Initiative funds, which will be disbursed by the Mississippi Development Authority. The funds will assist the state’s small businesses with accessing the capital needed to grow and create jobs. To date, more than $13 million in SSBCI funds have been allotted to MDA to ...

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