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Developer of Madison mixed-use project mulls hotel, conference center


By TED CARTER Developers of a yet-to-be-announced mixed-use project in Madison County have agreed to consider adding a hotel and conference center to their plans. The Madison County Economic Development Authority and business leaders have been pursuing the hotel and conference center the past couple of years, after having originally raised the idea 13 years ago before concluding costs and projected ...

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Madison supervisors receptive on conference center proposal


By TED CARTER Supporters of a Madison County conference center got a green light Monday from county supervisors to begin working with key county officials on ways to cover the $13.8 million to $18 million cost of a 63,000 square-foot center. Supervisors also suggested supporters decide the most suitable location for both the center and a privately funded, 200-room hotel to ...

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Convention center director reassigned; praised by company president

VICKSBURG — The operator of the Vicksburg Convention Center is moving VCC executive director Troy Thorn to another post and will begin looking for new leader. The Vicksburg Post reports that Thorn came to the VCC in January 2012 replacing Larry Gawronski, who left to accept a similar position managing the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, Iowa. During Thorn’s tenure ...

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City borrowing for convention center improvements

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus will borrow up to $2.5 million to finance renovations at the Trotter Convention Center. The city council voted to borrow the money from the Mississippi Development Bank. The city also will use in-lieu fees from Columbus Light & Water of about $225,000 a year to service its debt. The Commercial Dispatch reports that MDB ...

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Mayor concerned about management of convention center

VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg will hold VenuWorks more accountable about its management of the Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. says. The Vicksburg Post reports the mayor is threatening to find a new management company if a better working relationship can’t be achieved. Flaggs, in office a little more than a month, says he became ...

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Consultant advises city to expand convention center

NATCHEZ — Natchez Convention Center managers say a multi-million-dollar expansion of the center will be needed in two years. The Natchez Democrat reports New Orleans Hotel Consultants president Warren Reuther told Mayor Butch Brown and aldermen at a meeting last week that the center is rapidly approaching 70-percent capacity. Convention center manager Walter Tipton said the convention center is turning ...

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Delta city officials ask lawmakers again for lodging tax

GREENWOOD — Officials have asked the Legislature to approve a 2-cent increase in the local lodging tax so the city of Greenwood can renovated a local warehouse into a convention center. It will be third time the city has asked for the increase. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports both previous times the request for a lodging tax increase to fund renovation ...

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Brown Bottling gets contract extension for convention center

JACKSON and RIDGELAND — SMG, managers of the Jackson Convention Complex (JCC), has renewed its commercial rights marketing partnership with Brown Bottling Group, extending Brown’s designation as the exclusive beverage provider of the Jackson Convention Complex for an additional two years. Terms were not disclosed. Through the new agreement, Ridgeland-based Brown will retain its exclusive pouring rights for all non-alcoholic ...

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Jackson Convention Complex, Trustmark extend marketing partnership

JACKSON — SMG, managers of the Jackson Convention Complex, reports the Jackson Convention Complex and Trustmark National Bank have renewed their commercial rights marketing partnership, extending Trustmark’s designation as the exclusive bank of the Jackson Convention Complex for an additional three years. SMG general manager Kelvin Moore said, “Trustmark was one of the original marketing partners for the Complex. Their ...

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