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County to ask if it can use unspent hurricane recovery money

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County officials will ask the state for permission to move $1.6 million in unused hurricane recovery funds to help support other projects. The largest amount of unused cash is in the government annex facility fund. Other projects which had additional cash include the Lakeshore Community Center, the Stennis Airport Hangar project, and the Mississippi Highway ...

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Avectus relocating to downtown Corinth building

CORINTH — Avectus Healthcare Solutions of Corinth is adding 50 new jobs in a local expansion. The announcement came today during a ceremony attended by Gov. Phil Bryant and company officials in Corinth. The company is moving into the former Chadco building in downtown Corinth. The project represents a corporate investment of $300,000. Officials said the move into the larger ...

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Jones County launches leadership 'masters program' to mark 25th anniversary

LAUREL — Nearly 500 individuals have participated in Leadership Jones County (LJC) since the first class in 1990. Developed to identify and prepare the community’s future leadership resources, LJC has provided Jones County with a network of current and emerging leaders who possess the skills and sense of commitment to improve our community. LJC has been a model for many ...

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Tupelo mayor chooses Hooper to lead city's development

TUPELO — €” Mayor Jason Shelton is nominating a prominent Tupelo businessman to be the city’s next development services director. The nominee, Shane Hooper, 44, is a member of the state College Board and current chairman of the Tupelo-based Community Development Foundation. He is president of the educational support services company, Success Learning Inc., which he created in 2005. BJ ...

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MEC poll: Health care ranks tops among Jackson businesses

JACKSON — Business and community leaders in the Jackson area believe health care tops the list of opportunities for future economic growth in their area, according to a Dec. 17, 2013, survey. The survey was part of the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour that traveled to 19 cities in all regions of Mississippi over the last ...

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New Coast baseball stadium attracting developers

BILOXI — A new baseball stadium in Biloxi could draw 350,000 people or more to the downtown each year, and those kinds of numbers are spurring the anticipated attention from developers and property owners. Jerry Creel, Biloxi’s community development director, tells The Sun Herald these are properties that haven’t drawn any calls in a long time. Creel says with Friday’s ...

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Brandon recruiting help to spur development

Traveling along Highway 80, the city of Brandon’s lack of downtown development is apparent. Now, city leaders are looking for change. The city is seeking consultants to work in city planning and economic development. The Clarion-Ledger reports the consultant’s work would focus on downtown planning, landscape architecture, urban design, historic preservation, infrastructure, transportation, market analysis and involving the public in ...

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Commission approves design of new bridge

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez’s Bridge of Sighs project has been approved by a local preservation commission. The Natchez Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved a conceptual design by landscape architect Jared Acy. The Natchez Democrat reports that the project had been delayed for past couple of months after the commission asked the City of Natchez for more detailed plans ...

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City leaders want extension of tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — The city of Southaven’s 1-cent tourism tax on restaurant tabs is set to expire this year, and officials are working to stop that from happening. The Commercial Appeals reports the Board of Aldermen this week unanimously passed a resolution asking that the Mississippi Legislature to remove the repealer clause that would cause the tax to expire. The board ...

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City council gives nod to sales tax for Progress Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council lent its support to a bill that would provide a process for Mississippi cities to raise revenue through an optional sales tax that would be earmarked for infrastructure projects. The question is whether the Legislature will be interested in supporting the “Citizens for Economic Development Act.” The Hattiesburg American reports the council voted 5-0 ...

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