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Mississippian Glenn McCullough Jr. gets nod as new MDA chief

Glenn McCullough takes over as the head of the Mississippi Development Authority Monday, June 8.

By TED CARTER An executive search that never left Mississippi has led to the appointment of Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Speaking to luncheon guests at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting, Gov. Phil Bryant said he kept the search within ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Economic development in these parts is a ‘family’ business

It’s all in the family when it comes to economic development in the South, if things in these parts are any indication. And I suspect they are. The recent announcement that Mississippi’s top economic development official, Brent Christensen, is leaving for a similar post in Greensboro, N.C., brings this to mind. That, and in Arkansas, a new governor, Republican Asa ...

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Source: McCullough a leading candidate for MDA job

        By JACK WEATHERLY Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, is a leading candidate to become executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, according to a source familiar with the situation. McCullough said in a telephone interview with the Mississippi Business Journal  Thursday afternoon that “the MDA is very important ...

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Christensen talks with the media in North Carolina

In an interview prior to the announcement of the Brent Christensen leaving the Mississippi Development Authority, the new head of the Greensboro (N.C.) Partnership sat down with the Triad Business Journal. Here is the intro to that story with a link to the entire story … Brent Christensen, current executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, has been named the ...

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MDA's Brent Christensen leaving for Greensboro (N.C.) Partnership

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Chistensen is leaving the post he has held for three years to become president and chief executive of the Greensboro (N.C.) Partnership. During Christensen’s tenure, more than 17,000 jobs were created and more than $2.43 billion incorporate investment was made, according to an MDA release. A signal achievement was the recruitment ...

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Barbour-Swoope team played .500 ball, at best

Thank heavens there is still a bright line between a news story and a column. Neither is better than the other. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. A news story is supposed to be factual. Hence, it carries the mantle of credibility, which should never drop to the ground, like the American flag. Play fast and loose with the facts, ...

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Haley Barbour: Kemper plant will rival Grand Gulf’s performance

By JACK WEATHERLY  Former Gov. Haley Barbour predicts that Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal-powered plant will in the long run rival the performance of Entergy’s Grand Gulf nuclear plant in Port Gibson. “Grand Gulf took more than twice as long to build and cost more than twice as much [as originally planned].  And after it went online it initially caused ...

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Barbour to lead Butler Snow economic development firm

RIDGELAND — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is among the leaders of a new economic development firm formed by Ridgeland-based Butler Snow LLP. » READ MORE: Haley Barbour: Kemper plant will rival Grand Gulf’s performance The law firm said Monday that Barbour will serve as chairman of VisionFirst Advisors, which will provide strategic analysis and identify market opportunities for organizations. He ...

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Swoope getting a nice raise in the Sunshine State

Nobody ever accused Gray Swoope of leaving Mississippi to become the head economic developer in Florida because of the money, but his wallet is probably fixing to become fatter — much fatter — soon. According to a piece from The Associated Press, Swoope, former leader of the Mississippi Development Authority and now president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, is expected ...

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With Brent Christensen, Mississippi Development Authority gets its man

In Gray Swoope, Mississippi lost its last top economic development professional to Florida in the spring of 2011. Now Mississippi has reached into Florida to bring Brent Christensen, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce chief, to the Magnolia State as a replacement. Christensen, a 10-year-year president and CEO of the Gainesville Chamber, will start work sometime in early June as executive ...

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