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Finding your flexible space — Regus banks on high demand for customizable work spaces

Trends are changing in the realm of providing space for economic development. While there is still a need for large, permanent facilities, there is also a trend for flexible, collaborative work spaces. In line with that trend, Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible work spaces, opened another facility in Mississippi with 13,000 square feet last November in Ridgeland at ...

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MDA to lead trade mission to South Africa

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to South Africa on March 23-27. MDA officials say in a news release that the trip will include stops in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. MDA executive director Brent Christensen says South Africa is Mississippi’s top export location in Africa. He says ...

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US gains 252K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 5.6 pct.

WASHINGTON — The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 252,000 jobs last month and 50,000 ...

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Lamar Co. seeks additional bike lane on Old Hwy. 11

PURVIS — Lamar County will apply for a Mississippi Department of Transportation grant that would allow the construction of a bike trail/pedestrian path during the expansion of Old Highway 11 in Oak Grove. The Hattiesburg American reports supervisors voted Monday to authorize Board President Joe Bounds to sign off on an application for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant that would cover 80 ...

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State economic development leaders optimistic of 2015

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and there are signs that employment ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Characteristics of a good year-end fundraising letter

Another December day; another solicitation letter. The end of the calendar year is approaching, and that means that fundraising letters compete with catalogues and holiday cards for space in the mailbox. Some fundraising letters are compelling. They make one want to immediately write a check, volunteer for community service or pledge some exceptional amount. And then there are those that ...

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County to ask if it can use unspent hurricane recovery money

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County officials will ask the state for permission to move $1.6 million in unused hurricane recovery funds to help support other projects. The largest amount of unused cash is in the government annex facility fund. Other projects which had additional cash include the Lakeshore Community Center, the Stennis Airport Hangar project, and the Mississippi Highway ...

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Highway 6’s bad bridges getting ‘short-term’ fix

Staff and Wire Reports Mississippi Department of Transportation crews have made temporary repairs to several Mississippi Highway 6 bridges between Batesville and Clarksdale. MDOT has raised posted weight limits on the bridges after replacing and constructing additional shoring of numerous timber pilings which support the bridge, the Associated Press reports. Commercial vehicles, such as empty agriculture trucks and school buses, ...

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KiOR could owe state entire $69.4M debt plus interest

COLUMBUS — Mississippi has warned biofuel maker KiOR that it could demand immediate repayment of the company’s entire $69.4 million debt to the state, plus $8 million in interest, if the company doesn’t make its loan payment before a grace period runs out. Marlo Dorsey, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Development Authority, said the state sent the letter yesterday. “Due ...

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