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Completion of downtown Jackson’s Clark building awaits state funding

A cash-infusion from the Legislature for buildout of the rehabbed Robert G. Clark Jr. Building downtown is state government’s best hope for relief from an office space squeeze that has it down to 4,000 square feet of spare space. The Clark building, 301 Lamar Street, would raise the state’s available office space by 50,000 square feet, according to the Mississippi ...

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City taking bids for project featuring Elvis Presley

TUPELO — The city of Tupelo will accept bids through May 29 for a project that officials say will connect the cultural roots of Tupelo with its downtown. The Federal Highway Administration and Mississippi Department of Transportation recently gave the city approval to seek bids for the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail project. The project includes construction of overlay, roadway and ...

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House members add more than $61m to Senate's bill

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving toward negotiations on state borrowing in the 2015 budget year. House members yesterday added $61.2 million before passing Senate Bill 2975. Representatives are seeking $30 million to allow the North Central Mississippi Regional Rail Authority to buy a rail line, $20 million to aid Tupelo’s Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. plant, $5 million to ...

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Delta downtown officials form new organization

GREENWOOD — The Delta Downtown Alliance (DDA), an alliance of downtown representatives from throughout the Mississippi Delta, has been founded. The DDA’s mission is to strengthen the promotion and publicity of events and projects in historic downtowns throughout the Mississippi Delta in order to unite the region through information sharing and coordinated communication. There are no membership fees for joining, but any ...

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MMSA to welcome 'Small Town, Miss.' as new member

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will welcome a new member next week, and the community that is joining might come as a surprise to many. On Feb. 13, the MMSA will designate the City of Small Town, Miss., an official Mississippi Main Street Community. The designation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at the ...

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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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Family looks to spur downtown revitalization

MCCOMB — The revitalization of downtown McComb is a long process requiring time, dedication and funds, but a local father-and-sons team plans to add a few new businesses to the block within the year. Benton, Greg and Neel Gibson bought the West Harlan Building on State Street in May to use for office space and should have the quickest turnaround ...

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Need a pedicab? Head to Oxford

Ever seen those pedal-powered rickshaws in Asia and wondered what it would be like to ride in one? Well, don’t update your passport — you will soon have the chance to grab one in Oxford. Oxford aldermen have amended the city’s taxi cab ordinance to allow pedicabs, also known as cycle rickshaws, which transport passengers in a carriage-styled seat hooked ...

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UMMC looking to buy downtown Jackson building for $6.25M

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is seeking approval from the College Board to buy the vacant Landmark Center office building in downtown Jackson for $6.25 million. UMMC says it would move some operations downtown to the 300,000 square-foot building to move some offices out of rented quarters and eventually free up more space on campus. » READ ...

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Watkins frustrated but hopeful amid Farish Street strife

» Developer says he’s optimistic ‘city leadership and new mayor are going to get to the bottom of this.’ Though the first downtown block of Farish Street to its corner at East Griffith can be walked in a minute or so, the longest tape measure might not cover the distance between views of the main players on why the redevelopment ...

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