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Tag Archives: MBJ’s Top 5 stories of the year

The PERS standoff

The year ended with out-going Gov. Haley Barbour tossing the Mississippi Legislature a plan for revamping the $20 billion Public Employees Retirement System — a hot potato capable of burning politicians on both sides of the issue. The PERS issue is a clear choice for designation among the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Stories of the Year.” The overhaul of the Public ...

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Toyota opens plant

The Toyota facility in Blue Springs held a “line-off” ceremony Nov. 17 to celebrate what amounted to a delayed grand opening. It was a celebration nearly five years in the making. The star of the show was a black Corolla that was built on Oct. 24, when production started. It will reside in the lobby of the building. The historic ...

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Statement election

We might have finally found something Mississippians of every political persuasion can agree on: The use of eminent domain for private economic development is a bad idea. Initiative 31, which will amend the state Constitution to essentially restrict the use of eminent domain to projects of direct public use, earned more than 637,000 votes. The initiative needed 50 percent plus ...

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Parkway packs bags

The headquarters for Jackson’s Parkway Properties Inc. will move to downtown Orlando, Fla., in early 2012, according to a statement made by the upcoming CEO in a Florida newspaper in October. A handful of senior level management will transfer, but most of Parkway’s 89 Jackson employees will stay in town. Parkway Properties is a publicly traded real estate investment trust ...

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