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‘The sky is the limit’ — MDA optimistic about 2017

By BECKY GILLETTE What’s ahead for Mississippi’s economy in 2017? Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn L. McCullough Jr. expects 2017 to be another exciting year in economic development in Mississippi. “Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Legislature have enacted several strong, pro-business measures like the phaseout of the franchise tax and the creation of the Mississippi Works fund which dedicates ...

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Port of Gulfport revenue grows with reconstruction

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Port of Gulfport continues to make progress in its recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and its revenue reflects that. The port’s “net position” increased by $112.7 million as of the fiscal year ending June 30, compared with an increase of $84.6 million the previous fiscal year, according to an annual independent audit. Net position on ...

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MDA faces possible double-digit cut in budget

  By JACK WEATHERLY The budget for the Mississippi Development Authority could be cut by 11.4 percent for fiscal 2018 compared with the previous year. That’s the recommendation from the Legislative Joint Budget Committee for the state’s leading economic development agency. The committee, composed of members of both houses of the Legislature, recommends a 2.3 percent reduction in the fiscal ...

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Southern Miss’s ‘Garden’ science park element ready to market parcels

» Legislature gave USM greenlight to sell, lease properties inside   Hattiesburg Business Today The University of Southern Mississippi is set to begin marketing the approximately 520-acre technology park component of The Garden. Once home to the university’s golf course, the innovation and commercialization park on Shelby Thames Drive already has curb cuts, water and sewer and fiber lines. But until this ...

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Tourism agency: European flights to energize Mississippi market

By JACK WEATHERLY British Airways and Condor Airlines will start offering nonstop flights from London and Germany to New Orleans. Visit Mississippi, the state tourism agency, expects that 30 to 40 percent of an estimated 76,000 Euro visitors will take in Mississippi. Agency Director Craig Ray calls it a “game changer” for the state. Mississippi and the city of Memphis ...

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Miss. gets $33M in federal funds for emergency operations

A federal grant totaling $33 million is coming to Mississippi to be used to beef up coordination among emergency responders statewide. Vicki Helfrich, executive director of the Mississippi Wireless Communications Commission, tells The Clarion-Ledger the money will be used to create and upgrade technology that will allow first responders in the state to view and share data. Helfrich says the ...

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Tupelo CDF breaks ground on third spec building

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal SHANNON – The Community Development Foundation broke ground on its third speculative building, a 100,000-square-foot facility in the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South (also commonly called TULIPS). It is the third spec building built by the CDF, which five years ago began the program to provide building shells for prospective companies to use. The ...

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Tupelo planners consider rezoning request on North Gloster

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal TUPELO – The Planning Commission is poised to approve a rezoning request designed to facilitate additional commercial development in one of the city’s major hubs of business activity. Mitchell Scruggs, a local farmer and developer, has requested that five acres on the west side of North Gloster Street be rezoned from agricultural to regional ...

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Hattiesburg council delays vote on land development code

Hattiesburg City Council has voted to postpone adopting an ordinance establishing a new land development code. The new code, more than three years in the making, still had some language that needed to be clarified. City Attorney James Gladden recommended Monday the council make the changes, re-advertise the changes and vote on the code in January. The Hattiesburg American reports ...

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Hancock panel hires adviser for development plan

By JACK WEATHERLY  Hancock County is known for its futuristic Stennis Space Center. But the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission wants to make sure its vision stays forward-looking. So it recently signed a contract with VisionFirst Advisors to develop a development strategy. VisionFirst is based in Tallahassee, Fla., but it is a wholly owned subsidiary of THE Jackson-based Butler ...

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