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Wilson leaving MEC for next director to build on foundation

By JACK WEATHERLY Blake Wilson has continued to make the Mississippi Economic Council a statewide organization. As the third chief executive of the MEC, he said he has built on the foundation established by M.B. Swayze, who led the organization after it was established in 1949. “He went around the state. He had an old Valiant. Everybody told me about ...

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House leadership makes new effort to fund transportation

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly voted — 109 to 7 — for a bill that would provide a $50 million bond issue for counties, cities and towns to repair roads and bridges. House Speaker Phillip Gunn called Senate Bill 2939 “a viable solution . . . a practical solution” to a problem that bedeviled ...

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Legislator: No memorial signs for dilapidated highways

A Mississippi state representative tabled bills by senators to name highways after their constituents after the Senate killed a bill that would have provided funds for road repair. The move by Rep. Charles Busby, R-Pascagoula, came as the Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s chamber of commerce, called Wednesday for immediate action on road funding. Busby is the chairman of the ...

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Business group unveils Mississippi bicentennial banner

The state chamber of commerce has unveiled a banner to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial. Mississippi Economic Council president Blake Wilson said it is not intended to replace the state flag that’s been in use since 1894. Some MEC leaders in the past have said the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag is racially divisive and hurts economic-development efforts. Wilson said ...

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Mississippi gov: Electoral college unfair to small states

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks it’s wrong that a presidential candidate could be elected by focusing on larger “liberal” states and ignoring smaller ones. Bryant — who has a master’s degree in political science and used to teach American government classes at Mississippi College — said the electoral college is set up to “favor the states like ...

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Waller appointed to board

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Scott Waller, IOM, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mississippi Economic Council, to the National Board of Trustees. As a member of the trustees, Waller will help set the strategic direction of Institute and will take an active role in ...

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MEC, Manufacturers Association, Municipal League fear breach of fire-at-will doctrine

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Supreme Court would deal a “devastating blow” to the state’s 150-year-old at-will employment doctrine by sticking to a March ruling that a worker should not have been fired for having a firearm in a locked vehicle at work. Those are the stakes as seen by the Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the Mississippi ...

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UPDATE: Manufacturers Assoc. latest to oppose state’s anti-gay bill

By TED CARTER The 2,100-member Mississippi Manufacturers Association late Monday joined the Mississippi Economic Council in denouncing a so-called religious freedom bill that has caused an uproar statewide since the Legislature passed it last week. Their denunciations have followed similar condemnations from major Mississippi employers such as Nissan, Toyota, Ingalls Shipbuilding, MGM Resorts and Casinos and such national companies as AT&T. ...

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Bryant, businesses mum on anti-gay provisions of ‘Freedom of Conscience’ bill

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s governor and its business leaders have stayed silent as a decisive legislative vote approaches on a bill supporters say protects “freedom of conscience” and opponents say invites businesses and government to discriminate against gays, lesbians and trans-gender people. House Bill 1523, dubbed the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” by House Speaker Philip Gunn ...

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Mississippi public universities partner with business groups to launch MBEN

Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Glenn Boyce has announced the launch of the Mississippi Business Engagement Network, an initiative to connect business and industry to the wealth of university assets housed within Mississippi Public Universities. The initiative has a website, msben.com, to facilitate these connections. “The Mississippi Business Engagement Network serves as a way for business leaders, economic developers and site selectors to ...

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