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Updated: ‘Streamlined’ MDA debuts its analytical website

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By JACK WEATHERLY  If it wants to remain competitive with other states, the Mississippi Development Authority needs to streamline and recognize that communications technology has changed. The agency has heeded those findings from a 2014 study funded by the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. Streamlining means better delivery of services, said George Freeland, executive director of the ...

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Increasing gas tax makes for tough politics, adviser says

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JACKSON — Mississippi will need strong bipartisan leadership if officials want to increase the gasoline tax to pay for highways, bridges and other transportation needs, the policy director of a national group called Transportation for America told state business leaders Thursday. Joe McAndrew described such a debate as “a tricky political question,” and said gathering support to increase or restructure ...

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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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With $200M available, next step is setting emergency bridge fix priorities

By TED CARTER Millions of dollars will soon be on the way to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for a triage effort to repair state bridges that have been neglected to the point farmers and other commercial transporters can no longer use them. MDOT’s three district commissioners must set the priorities for the repairs and spending of the $200 million legislators ...

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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's bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mention highway safety and people have all sorts of ideas of what that means. To the Highway Patrol, it suggests expanding the ranks of state troopers. For the Mississippi Department of Transportation, it’s a well-maintained road system. For Mothers Against Drunk Driving, getting intoxicated drivers off the roads is the highest priority. And there are those against ...

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Delta Council says condition of Highway 6 'of crisis dimensions'

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — As the 2014 harvest progresses, the transportation arteries that move the crop from the field to its market place in Northwest Mississippi is choked down, according to Stoneville-based Delta Council. Due to structurally deficient bridge structures throughout the Batesville-to-Clarksdale reach of Highway 6, hundreds of trucks loaded full of grain are being detoured to other routes even ...

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Bryant creates task force to explore Delta water resources

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an executive order establishing the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. Under the direction of the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the task force is charged to work together to ensure that the Delta will have future sustainable water supplies. In 2011, MDEQ Executive Director Trudy ...

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