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Regional director criticizes Mississippi economic agency

A regional economic development director is criticizing the Mississippi agency that seeks to bring jobs to the state. Joe Max Higgins is chief executive officer of Golden Triangle Development LINK, based in Columbus. He told The Commercial Dispatch that he believes Mississippi Development Authority leaders have a combative relationship with local and regional development groups. Higgins said MDA director Glenn McCullough tries ...

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SMW Manufacturing acquires Caterpillar operations in Lafayette County

SMW Manufacturing is taking over operations at the former Caterpillar facility in Lafayette County. The company plans to invest in excess of $15 million and hire up to 50 employees, comprised of predominantly former Caterpillar employees, by the end of 2018. “I am pleased to welcome SMW to Mississippi and appreciate the company for utilizing the skills of the facility’s ...

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Madison County Young Professionals Spring Forum

The Madison County Business League & Foundation (MCBL&F) recently hosted the Madison County Young Professionals (MCYP) Spring Forum in the Murano Room at Nissan North America in Canton.  Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director, Glenn McCullough, was the keynote speaker.  115 MCYPs attended the peer-to-peer networking and professional development event.  Pictured are, from left, Lisa Robin, MCYP Secretary/Treasurer; Sarah Beth Wilson, ...

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State honored by mag for Continental Tire deal

MBJ staff Trade & Industry Development magazine recently awarded the state of Mississippi a 2017 Corporate Investment and Community Impact, or CiCi, Award for Continental Tire. The Hinds County project won in the Corporate Investment category. In February 2016, Continental Tire, manufacturer of passenger, light truck and commercial vehicle tires, announced the company would locate a multi-million-square-foot manufacturing plant in ...

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Avectus Healthcare Solutions opens expanded operations in Corinth

Celebrating more than two years of renovations and the addition of more than 180 jobs, Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Avectus Healthcare Solutions cut the ribbon for the company’s completed expansion in Corinth, Miss. In 2014, Avectus Healthcare Solutions announced it would expand into the former Chadco building in Corinth to accommodate an increase in business. The expansion created ...

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Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba

By LISA MONTI Biloxi businessman Mike Alise was among a delegation from Mississippi who traveled to Cuba in February to look for trade opportunities. Alise, the owner and operator of Gulf Coast Produce, said he was struck by the lack of available food on the island and the fact that Cuba has to import the most basic commodities from Vietnam ...

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GLENN McCULLOUGH: Automotive industry is driving job creation in Mississippi

A little more than a decade ago, Mississippi had never produced a commercial vehicle. Today, about 4 million vehicles assembled in the state are on the road around the world, and production is showing no signs of slowing down. For Mississippians, more significant than production milestones are the contributions Toyota and Nissan have made to the state and local economy. ...

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MDA faces possible double-digit cut in budget

  By JACK WEATHERLY The budget for the Mississippi Development Authority could be cut by 11.4 percent for fiscal 2018 compared with the previous year. That’s the recommendation from the Legislative Joint Budget Committee for the state’s leading economic development agency. The committee, composed of members of both houses of the Legislature, recommends a 2.3 percent reduction in the fiscal ...

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Tourism agency: European flights to energize Mississippi market

By JACK WEATHERLY British Airways and Condor Airlines will start offering nonstop flights from London and Germany to New Orleans. Visit Mississippi, the state tourism agency, expects that 30 to 40 percent of an estimated 76,000 Euro visitors will take in Mississippi. Agency Director Craig Ray calls it a “game changer” for the state. Mississippi and the city of Memphis ...

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UPDATE: $100 million venture in Ellisville commits to creating 150 jobs by 2020

By JACK WEATHERLY Praxair Surface Technologies Inc. and GE Aviation on Monday announced a $100 million joint venture, PG Technologies LLC, in Ellisville. The project is expected to increase employment at the former GE Aviation facility to 250 by 2020, with the potential to grow to 400 jobs. It currently employs 100, according to an email in response to a question ...

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