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MEC poll: Health care ranks tops among Jackson businesses

JACKSON — Business and community leaders in the Jackson area believe health care tops the list of opportunities for future economic growth in their area, according to a Dec. 17, 2013, survey. The survey was part of the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour that traveled to 19 cities in all regions of Mississippi over the last ...

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MEC surveys find optimism, confidence in state's economy

JACKSON — Leaders from across the state are showing great confidence in the direction Mississippi is moving and in the ability to improve its economic competitiveness, according to the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC). Surveyed during the MEC’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour, business and community leaders rate Mississippi as a newly emerging growth state, higher than any other category. ...

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Northington, Kilroy promoted

The Mississippi Economic Council has promoted Cathy Northington and Christi Kilroy to new leadership positions. Northington has been named vice president, programs and administration. Hired a decade ago as a part-time, entry-level employee, Northington worked her way up from the ground floor at MEC. Married with three children, she is a member of the Professional Women’s Association, Madison Ridgeland Rotary ...

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Bills to force ‘convincing’ need before using alternative tax methods clear key committees

Mississippi legislators are moving ahead with plans to raise the bar on the state Department of Revenue’s use of alternative tax methods. Though the two Republican-sponsored bills clear key committee votes Tuesday, whether the measures make it to conference committee is far from certain. And what any final bill that comes out conference would look like is equally uncertain. Mostly ...

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MEC disputes DOR’s costs estimate on business tax bills

A price tag of $7.5 million this year and $25 million next year accompany a pair of pro-business tax apportionment bills that have cleared Mississippi’s House and Senate with overwhelming support. The Republican-sponsored measures, HB 799 and SB 2487, force the Department of Revenue’s to justify basing a multistate company’s taxes on revenue generated in the state. The measure also ...

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UPDATED: State's Chamber disputes DOR’s costs estimate on business tax bills

A price tag of $7.5 million this year and $25 million next year accompany a pair of pro-business tax apportionment bills that have cleared Mississippi’s House and Senate with overwhelming support. The Republican-sponsored measures, HB 799 and SB 2487, force the Department of Revenue’s to justify basing a multistate company’s taxes on revenue generated in the state. The measure also ...

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Economic Council promotes Scott Waller, Vickie Powell

The Mississippi Economic Countil has promoted Scott Waller to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Vickie Powell to senior vice president for foundations. Waller previously was senior vice president for public affairs. He is a Shubuta native and joined the MEC in 2006, where he oversaw public affairs, policy and communications. He is a graduate of Mississippi State ...

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Road plan calls for repayment of funds to MDOT

At a press conference this morning, Charlie Williams, president of the T1 Coalition, laid out his organization’s proposal on at least a short-term solution to the state’s lack of funding for road and bridge maintenance. T1’s plan does not involve new money. In fact, it’s the opposite — Williams and others gathered at the Capitol are pushing for old money. ...

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State's music, musicians take center stage at GRAMMY Week

LOS ANGELES — For the fifth year, Mississippi is showcasing its musical legacy as part of GRAMMY Week, a preamble to the GRAMMY Awards ceremony. Today, the “Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum” at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles is celebrating the state’s musical heritage and specifically honoring Mississippi’s pivotal role in the development of American popular music. ...

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MEC launches 'tech master' program to honor students

JACKSON — Mississippi business leaders will start honoring graduating high school students choosing technical careers. The Mississippi Economic Council announced it would sponsor a new “tech master” program that would recognize graduating high school seniors who meet certain standards in a technical curriculum. The program will run in parallel with the existing Mississippi Scholars program, in which MEC recognizes high ...

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