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PHIL HARWDICK — Be wary of phony developers who will take advantage of your community

Amazon’s method of inviting cities to bid for its second headquarters is the top story in economic development news these days. It is fascinating to see cities responding with expensive and sometimes wild offers to be the one that is selected. I suppose you can’t blame them. Every public official wants more good job in their communities. So much so ...

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Study: Economic development incentives paying off for state

Despite failures that have the potential to cost the state $185 million, Mississippi has received positive results from its incentive programs designed to entice companies to locate in the state, according to a study conducted by the office of Auditor Stacey Pickering. Pickering’s office found the state has had a return of $12 for each $1 invested in five incentive ...

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Board approves recommendation toward next step for new zoo

The board of directors for the Jackson Zoological Society has approved a recommendation to find a more optimal location for the animals and their visitors within the Mississippi city.News outlets reported Wednesday that the final recommendation was to investigate the adaption of 25 acres (10 hectares) of LeFleur’s Bluff State Park into a new zoological and family attraction. » HERE’S ...

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Nettleton joins Mississippi Main Street Downtown network

Nettle ton is the newest member of the Mississippi Main Street Association.  On April 2, MMSA will designate the town of Nettleton as a Downtown Network Member of the statewide association.  “Becoming a member of Mississippi Main Street will improve the quality of life for citizens and bring Nettleton up to where it has the potential to be,” said Mayor ...

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Travel South Showcase to roll into Mississippi

By LISA MONTI When the 36th Annual Travel South Showcase rolls into the Mississippi Coast this month, it will bring in almost 700 tour operators, journalists, travel service providers and destination market organizations from around the U.S. There will be thousands of business meetings, multiple FAM tours fanning out across the state and presentations highlighting attractions and amenities all over ...

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TOWERING OVER TUPELO — First Fairpark Tower building filling fast

TUPELO – Completion of the first of two planned buildings for Fairpark Towers in downtown Tupelo is still several months away, but the four-story, 40,000-square-foot structure is quickly getting filled. “We’ve got it 68 percent leased,” said Colin Maloney, the owner of Maloney Development Properties. “We’ve got some space on the first floor and some space on the third floor. ...

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Supreme Court panel puts city of Ridgeland on Costco hot seat

By JACK WEATHERLY A three-justice panel of the Mississippi Supreme Court directed a preponderance of its questions to attorneys for the city of Ridgeland and the zoning change it made that benefited a proposed Costco Wholesale store on Highland Colony Parkway. The city got a favorable ruling from Madison County Circuit Court John Emfinger in April 2017, allowing the developer Andrew Mattiace ...

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Ex-mayor accused of theft stops seeking job in nearby city

A disgraced former mayor withdrew his application Wednesday to work as a city planner in a neighboring north Mississippi city. Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis announced he was no longer seeking the position in neighboring Horn Lake after that city’s aldermen on Tuesday postponed a decision on hiring him. In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Davis says his ...

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CHEERS — MSU incubates innovative student businesses at CEO

By BECKY GILLETTE Even though there are about 20,000 students at Mississippi State University, it is common for students to leave the area after graduating in search of greener pastures. “They often leave the state,” said Jeffrey B. Rupp, MSU director of outreach in the College of Business. “So, there is a gap in the post-college age group from between ...

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