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Upbeat message given — Southern Automotive Conference hosted professionals from across the country

The annual Southern Automotive Conference in Biloxi began sessions with an upbeat economic presentation and wound down with the Mississippi blues. In between, participants heard about workforce. Peter Ricchiuti, founder and director of the Burkenroad Reports at Tulane University, opened the two-day meeting at Beau Rivage last week by telling his audience, “Don’t take any of this too seriously.” Ricchiuti ...

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Office Depot and second national retailer eying former Sears building

» Metrocenter’s leasing agent and Jackson mayor agree mall’s future is in mix of small retailers and institutional users Office Depot and another national retailer are negotiating for space in Metrocenter’s vacant Sears building, says Scott Overby, whose Jackson firm the Overby Company is handling leasing for the Sears-owned anchor building as well as the more than half million square ...

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Seller says Metrocenter in black, offers buyers huge upside at $6.5M

 » Mall’s 40 percent occupancy pays the bills, leaving remaining space as profit generators. Overby Co. says After foreclosing on the 35-year-old Metrocenter Mall last year, First Credit Bank of Los Angeles bankrolled a cleanup and fix up of Metrocenter’s 548,000 square-foot interior and put the space on the market for $6.5 million. Jackson commercial real estate firm the Overby ...

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Saks or no Saks? Apparel retailer’s takeover by Hudson Bay causes jitters over Saks’ Jackson ops center

Canadian retail apparel giant Hudson Bay Co.’s $2.9 billion acquisition of Saks Fifth Avenue and its plan to trim $100 million (Canadian) in back office costs could have consequences for Saks’ longtime operations center in Jackson and its approximately 600 employees. Some of the anxiety in Jackson comes from Hudson Bay’s relocation of its information technology operations center from Toronto ...

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Former senator and parole board chairman hired by Secretary of State

JACKSON, Mississippi — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has hired Desoto County native Doug Davis to serve as Chief of Staff for the Agency. “Doug has a long served the citizens of the State of Mississippi,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “No doubt his legislative experience, extensive background in policy, and commitment to our State will be an asset ...

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CRAWFORD: Paul Ryan proposes a sensible approach

By Bill Crawford Republican budget-master Rep. Paul Ryan emerged from self-imposed obscurity last week, speaking out on the government shutdown and looming default in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. His words deserve consideration: “For example, most of us agree that gradual, structural reforms are better than sudden, arbitrary cuts. For my Democratic colleagues, the discretionary spending levels ...

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Madison County Creative Economy Council launches quality of life website

The Madison County Creative Economy Council (MCCEC) comprised of the Canton Chamber Main Street Association, Canton Convention Visitors Bureau & Film Office, Flora Area Chamber of Commerce, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, madison the City Chamber of Commerce, Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Madison County Business League, Madison County Economic Development Authority and the Madison County Foundation launched ...

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Southern automotive industry salutes National Manufacturing Day

“Happy Manufacturing Day to you,” Melanie Stover of The Manufacturing Institute greeted participants on the closing day of the 2013 Southern Automotive Conference at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. “It’s my favorite holiday.” Stover and her fellow conference participants laughed at the line but couldn’t be more serious about the importance of manufacturing and its economic impact. Mississippi, the host for ...

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