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Convention center hotel proposals ask for $41M in loan support

Engineering Design               Technologies Inc.,                     Mississippi Developers LLC

Hotel: Full service; eight floors, 304 rooms; total square footage 340,000;
Parking: 300-space combination surface & structured spaces;
Function space: 21,000 square feet; 
Master Site Plan: (Option 1) Front of the hotel faces the convention center along Pascagoula Street, with a courtyard and improvements to street façade; (Option 2) Front of the hotel faces Farish Street and function space fronts Pascagoula Street;
Cost: $75.1 million
Flag: Marriott
Completion: January 2018

Development Team
» Engineering Design Technologies Inc. (Master Developer), Mississippi Developers LLC
» Jones Walker (Legal Counsel)
» Fountain Construction Co. (Contractor)
» M3A Architecture PLLC/William L. McElroy AIA NCARD (Architect); Integrated Management Services (Engineering); Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart Associates Inc. (Design)
» Public Finance Authority (Financial Services Consultant)

By TED CARTER Two of the three convention center hotel proposals presented to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority rely heavily on public-sector backing for development loans, though both forgo asking for direct financial contributions from either the City or JRA. A JRA-appointed review committee will look over the proposals and recommend a developer to the Authority in time for a selection or ...

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Nissan Canton: A driving force for Mississippi’s economy

2015 Nissan Murano resets the standard in the midsize crossover segment with breakthrough design, premium interior and purposeful technology. Third generation of Nissan's popular flagship crossover symbolizes NissanÕs design-led product and brand renaissance. Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept's refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior. Carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics.

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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Katrina whistleblower suit sent back to lower court to broaden search

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The whistleblower suit filed in 2006 against State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. over wind and flood damage linked to Hurricane Katrina is a long way from being over. The 5th  U.S. District Court of Appeals in New Orleans on July 13 reversed the U.S. District Court in Gulfport ruling denying the plaintiffs to broaden discovery ...

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New $30 million civil and environmental facility at MSU to recognize alumnus Richard Rula

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By BECKY GILLETTE  The new $30-million Mississippi State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Complex Building will be named in honor of alumnus Richard Rula, a member of the MSU Foundation Board and of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the Bagley College of Engineering who has made a very generous contribution to the project. “Rula has been an involved and loyal ...

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JOSH MABUS — What happened to quality?

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I noticed a post on Facebook recently. A friend posted a picture of a ripped cuff on his shirt. The caption asked, “What happened to quality?” It was a (relatively) cheap shirt from a big-box retailer (I know because I own the same one). So what did happen to quality? No long ago, Mercedes-Benz introduced a $30,000 car. I drive ...

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BOOK BIZ — If you haven’t read The Goldfinch, please do

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When native Mississippian Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014, all of us Mississippians were proud. Her honor was duly reported in this column, but I didn’t run out and buy it. I wanted to read it, but somehow, at that time, I wasn’t up to the daunting 784 pages. Later, a friend gave ...

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TODD SMITH — Earned media still matters, according to new poll

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In a world ruled by social media, a new study from Ogilvy PR reminds us that traditional media outlets have not, in fact, gone the way of the dinosaur – and neither should the earned media portion of your publicity plan. In fact, the survey reveals that earned media is still, by leaps and bounds, the most powerful resource for ...

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SBA event offers business owners, entrepreneurs sit down time with lenders

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By TED CARTER Small-business owners and prospective entrepreneurs can meet face to face with more than two dozen lenders, including Mississippi’s major banks, on Aug. 11. The Small Business Administration Mississippi District Office and FDIC are co-sponsoring the Meet the Lenders: “A Small Business Borrower/Lender Match-Making Event” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hinds Community College’s Clyde Muse Center in ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi Republicans speak on the GOP presidential candidates

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Some of the nation’s best and brightest Republican operatives call Mississippi home. Of course, the biggest of the best and brightest is our former Governor and Yazoo City native, Haley Barbour. The former Chairman of the RNC and successful lobbyist, Barbour knows a thing or two about politics. Barbour says there are “no true frontrunners” in the GOP Primary. He ...

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