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Leaders dispute report on unspent Katrina aid

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi officials said millions of dollars in federal aid still unspent years after Hurricane Katrina doesn’t spell trouble with the recovery effort, disputing a watchdog report that found among things that jobs’ creation was still lagging at the Port of Gulfport. Reacting to an Associated Press examination of the $847 million remaining in the Katrina grant ...

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PEER report on port expansion to be released this week

GULFPORT — A legislative committee will release a report this week on its analysis of spending at the State Port at Gulfport. Max Arinder, director of the Performance Evaulation and Expenditure Review Committee, told The Sun Herald that the report should be available to the public Friday. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Development Authority and state port officials had wanted ...

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NFIB survey: Small business owners uncertain about future

JACKSON — Small-business optimism remained flat in August, dropping 0.1 points from July for a final reading of 94.0, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). While the total reading showed essentially no change over the month prior, a look at the individual indicators reveals incongruent details. Job creation plans leapt to a level not seen since before ...

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Lighting fixtures manufacturer expanding, adding jobs

COLUMBIA — St. James Lighting is expanding its operations in Columbia to create 20 new jobs. The announcement came yesterday from the company and the governor’s office. Officials say the $225,000 investment will meet a growing demand for its products. The company currently has 23 employees. St. James Lighting manufactures handcrafted copper lighting fixtures and custom interior chandeliers and pendants. ...

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City hopes to land grant to clean up contaminated site

GAUTIER — Petroleum contaminated sites would be prime candidates for a revitalization program if Gautier city officials are successful in obtaining a $400,000 brownfield’s grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Jymalyn Redmond of the Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood firm is assisting the city in preparing its application. Mayor Gordon Gollott tells The Mississippi Press he hoped to see citizens ...

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Enerfab unveils plans for yet another expansion

NATCHEZ — Enerfab Inc. plans a second expansion in less than a year at its Enersteel operation in Natchez. The $10-million investment, announced yesterday, is projected to create at least 45 jobs, raising the company’s employment total above 150. That comes on top of an $11-million, 20-job expansion announced in May. The company opened its Natchez location in the second ...

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Supervisors award infrastructure contracts for steel plant expansion

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County supervisors have awarded contracts for an access road, rail spur and loading pad portions of the expansion for the local Mississippi Steel Processing plant. The Commercial Dispatch reports the board accepted recommendations from county engineer Bob Calvert on the contracts. Okolona-based Ausbern Construction was selected to build the access road after submitting a bid of $716,354. ...

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Three counties form economic development partnership

WINONA — Three north Mississippi counties have joined forces in what leaders are calling “The Partnership.” WTVA TV reports county supervisors from Choctaw, Montgomery, and Webster met in Winona yesterday to sign a deal that will bind the three into a regional economic organization. Leaders are hoping the partnership will have the kind of economic success that north Mississippi has ...

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