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Mississippian Glenn McCullough Jr. gets nod as new MDA chief

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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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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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Real Estate Forum panelists: Lenders, investors hungry for deals on residential rentals in Miss., elsewhere

By TED CARTER Such Mississippi cities as Ridgeland and Pearl are fed up with multi-family residential complexes to the point they want to retroactively zone them out of existence. But the market for such developments across Mississippi and the rest of the South is white hot and likely to grow even hotter, said commercial real estate brokers and financial professionals who ...

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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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Tucker gets Mississippi Main Street post

Lori Tucker of Baldwyn, Miss. has been elected the 2015-2016 Manager Representative of the Mississippi Main Street Association Board of Directors. Tucker has served as the Director of the Baldwyn Main Street Chamber since 2008. The MMSA board is made up of a statewide group of business, government and community leaders. Two positions on the board are reserved for manager ...

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Op-Ed: The shared fortunes of Jackson and its suburbs

By: Matthew D. Bolian Since 2011, a fight has been brewing in the state capitol over where the Department of Revenue (DOR) and its 500 plus workers are going to relocate. In one corner is Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, and in the other is Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, R-Clinton. Sen. Blount represents those who want to house the ...

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New MDA chief enters arena in competitive fashion

The background of Brent Christensen, the new executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, stacks up well against his rivals around the South, a review of the professional biographies of the chief executives of several nearby states shows. One of those rivals, Florida’s Gray Swoope, is well known in Mississippi, having led the Mississippi Development Authority from 2007 through spring ...

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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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Barksdale comments on Christensen hire as chief of Miss. Development Authority

Upon announcing the appointment of Brent Christensen to the directorship of the Mississippi Development Authority, Gov. Phil Bryant recalled joking about the salary with current interim chief Jim Barksdale. “I told (Barksdale) I would double what Leland Speed was making,” Bryant said. “Leland was making a dollar a year.” The governor has an eye for the ironic. >> READ MORE: ...

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