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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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Christensen talks with the media in North Carolina

In an interview prior to the announcement of the Brent Christensen leaving the Mississippi Development Authority, the new head of the Greensboro (N.C.) Partnership sat down with the Triad Business Journal. Here is the intro to that story with a link to the entire story … Brent Christensen, current executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, has been named the ...

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MDA's Brent Christensen leaving for Greensboro (N.C.) Partnership

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Chistensen is leaving the post he has held for three years to become president and chief executive of the Greensboro (N.C.) Partnership. During Christensen’s tenure, more than 17,000 jobs were created and more than $2.43 billion incorporate investment was made, according to an MDA release. A signal achievement was the recruitment ...

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State economic development leaders optimistic of 2015

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and there are signs that employment ...

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Heritage Home closing furniture plants

SALTILLO — Heritage Home Group, LLC said yesterday that it will close furniture plants in Saltillo and Thomasville, N.C., as part of a post-bankruptcy restructuring. Heritage told the Mississippi Department of Employment Security that it would cut 480 jobs in Saltillo by March 21. The plant near Tupelo makes upholstered reclining furniture under the Lane name. Heritage told the North ...

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With Brent Christensen, Mississippi Development Authority gets its man

In Gray Swoope, Mississippi lost its last top economic development professional to Florida in the spring of 2011. Now Mississippi has reached into Florida to bring Brent Christensen, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce chief, to the Magnolia State as a replacement. Christensen, a 10-year-year president and CEO of the Gainesville Chamber, will start work sometime in early June as executive ...

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Start of Toyota production in Mississippi draws near

By DENNIS SEID of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo BLUE SPRINGS — At the 2 million-square-foot Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi plant, the first Corollas have already been made. But they’re not for sale just yet. The test cars are works in progress, allowing team members — Toyota’s term for its employees — to put their knowledge and training to ...

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MEDC elects officers, directors

The Mississippi Economic Development Council Inc. (MEDC) elected officers and directors at its 2009 Summer Conference in Biloxi. Officers elected to serve Oct. 1, 2009-Sept. 30, 2010, are: Larry S. Barnett, Gulfport, president; Christy Knapp, Oxford, president-elect; Barbara Smith, Tupelo, vice president chamber development; Blake Wallace, Jackson, vice president community development; Tom Troxler, Brandon, vice president economic development; Dianne Carson, ...

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