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Project walk-aways and no-shows: the other side of Golden Triangle ledger

By JACK WEATHERLY  John Correnti was thrown out of Joe Max Higgins’ office. Correnti was one of the people that had brought a big steel mill to Columbus. Now he was on to another project in Lowndes County, but, according to Higgins, chief executive of the Golden Triangle Development LINK, things weren’t going smoothly. Correnti was a legend in steel-making. ...

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Mississippi Golden Triangle has large new industrial site

Economic development officials are promoting a new industrial site in the Golden Triangle area of eastern Mississippi. Golden Triangle Development LINK and the Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday unveiled the new 1,144-acre Infinity Megasite, which is west of GTR Regional Airport. It is the third megasite in Lowndes County, the Commercial Dispatch reports. Megasites are large parcels of land designed ...

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ASA postmortem: industrial recruiting is a constant cycle of death and life

By JACK WEATHERLY  Raising $1.2 billion for an industrial project can be a daunting task, if not a deal killer. For economic developers in Mississippi, American Specialty Alloys’ protracted and secretive efforts in that regard became an issue that ultimately sent the project south to Pineville, La. American Specialty started out last year with a show of force that augured well ...

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Golden Triangle pressures aluminum company on proposed plant

American Specialty Alloys officials have been informed that 826 acres in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park that had been reserved for the company’s planned $1.2 billion aluminum plant are now open to other potential projects, according to the Columbus Dispatch. »READ UPDATED STORY HERE … Joe Max Higgins, chief executive of the Golden Triangle Development LINK, said the decision was made ...

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Looming defense cuts bring return of familiar anxieties

Last Tuesday’s deal to slash defense spending by hundreds of billions as part of the deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling set off the kind of anxiousness not felt in Columbus since the Base Realignment & Closure commission shut down a half-dozen years ago. Suddenly, the Golden Triangle’s continued economic resurgence is not as sure a thing as it ...

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