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Partners to buy SC wood pellet plant, build Mississippi port

A company that makes wood pellets and sells them to power plants overseas says it’s forming a new joint venture with an insurance company to buy a plant in South Carolina and build a port in Mississippi. Enviva Holdings of Bethesda, Maryland, on Tuesday announced the deal with the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. The joint venture will buy a ...

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Wanted: Developer for NASA’s Enterprise Park in Hancock County

By LISA MONTI NASA is looking for a private sector partner to develop and operate a technology park on 1,100 federally owned acres in the northern portion of Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis. Don  Beckmeyer, NASA’s manager of strategic business development at Stennis, said the technology corridor named Enterprise Park will support future activities of commercial space transportation ...

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Tourism is economic development for DeSoto County

By JULIA MILLER Sitting right across the border from Memphis, DeSoto County Tourism is hoping to capitalize on its growth with a new marketing campaign: “South of the Ordinary.” “We have the extraordinary things to offer,” Executive Director Kim Terrell said, “We have that small town feel.” DeSoto’s tourism office created a countywide strategic plan in 2016, and at the ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The ABCs of economic development for small towns

  Mayors of just about all small towns are part-time individuals interested and willing to serve their communities. They do not get paid very much and most are not holders of college degrees in economic or community development. They learn quickly that there is a lot to learn about being the CEO of a small town. One of the many ...

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Mississippi bathtub maker reopens after fire, adding 20 jobs

A company that makes fiberglass showers and bathtubs is reopening in northeast Mississippi after a fire, and will add 20 jobs with a $1.5 million investment. Baymont Bathware, a unit of Indiana-based Patrick Industries, announced the plans Wednesday. The company had 151 workers before a May fire. It has 89 workers now, but is pledging to reach 171 workers by ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Is Amazon becoming the new local job killer?

Rural communities just thought Wal-Mart was the great job killer. Now comes Amazon.   “If Amazon continues to grow its business by $20 billion a year, the annual toll of lost jobs for merchants, buyers and cashiers will be in the tens of thousands by my calculations,” is the spin on Amazon by Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the ...

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Mississippi officials seek $50M plant that would hire 300

Officials in a northeast Mississippi city are courting a company they say would invest $50 million and create 300 jobs over four years. West Point selectmen and Clay County supervisors met Tuesday to offer incentives. They tell the Daily Times Leader that the unnamed company would buy a vacant cold storage warehouse and renovate it. Officials are offering 10-year property tax breaks, ...

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Demolition moves forward to make way for Fondren hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY The dust is rising with on the demolition of property on the two-acre site for a 125-guestroom Homewood Suites. Of particular interest was the so-called Fondren House, which dated to the early 20th century. While “contributing” to the history of the Fondren Downtown Business District, it was not protected by historical status from being moved or razed. ...

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