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New CVB targets trash, blighted property to boost tourism

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Members of the new Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau are developing a vision and plan to increase tourism, starting in part by cleaning up South Mississippi. John McFarland, Tourism Partnership chairman, says a report presented by members of the Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Partnership showed the No. 1 negative perception of tourists is the ...

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Rebuilding piers, bulkheads and bridges is Vancleave company's niche

Building piers, bulkheads and bridges is a construction specialty that’s a good match for Mississippi’s coastal counties where there’s boating and fishing as recreation and business and roadways must cross bodies of water. Parnell Construction, based in Vancleave, stays busy with this niche construction. The company recently completed the $270,000 Magnolia Street bird-watching pier in Pascagoula and has the Lowery ...

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TURNER: Even hurricanes couldn't keep Christi and Mike Alise down

Talking to Christi and Mike Alise, president and vice president of Gulf Coast Produce, one is led to marvel at just what determination, teamwork, and dedication can achieve. The Alises have been in the produce business for most of their adult lives, having grown up in Louisiana and then moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1995 to take on ...

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Confidence up among Coast CEOs, business owners

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation has released its quarterly CEO and Business Owners Confidence report for the second quarter of 2013, and the numbers are encouraging. “Our CEO’s and business owners have not expressed this level of confidence in the local economy since the first quarter of 2011,” said Jack Norris, president of the ...

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Retro fit program finds takers on Gulf Coast

The Coastal Retrofit Mississippi program, funded by $27 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covers about 90 percent of the retrofit costs. MEMA’s Mike Ferdinand said the program has about 1,354 active applicants and about 100 retrofits have been completed. Sixty-five homes are awaiting final FEMA approval before going to construction. Thirty retrofits are underway. “Some are relatively new ...

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Museum chooses Roosa

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art has appointed Rosemary Roosa executive director. The Sun Herald reports Roosa was named interim director Aug. 2o. She replaces Linda Bloom, who resigned as executive director to return home to Hilton Head, S.C., for family reason. Roosa has been involved with other nonprofits, including the Brown Condor’s Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum, of which she ...

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Gary Reed oversees the Gulfport Branch of SBA with servant's heart

You are unlikely to find anyone who is a more passionate cheerleader for small businesses taking advantage of the programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs than Gary Reed. After about 15 years working to market SBA programs in Mississippi, Reed was appointed in February 2011 to be manager of the Gulfport SBA branch that covers 12 South ...

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Guichet named VP

Paul Guichet has been named vice president of business development at The Peoples Bank. Guichet, a New Orleans native and longtime resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been in banking for three decades, including positions in retail banking, personal trust and commercial product development. He has experience in comprehensive financial services, mergers and acquisitions, communications, investor relations and business ...

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Bay St. Louis waterfront, downtown revitalization is defining moment

A municipal harbor, a project that’s been talked about here since the 1980s, will finally get under way when construction begins mid November. Mayor Les Fillingame is among backers who believe that the $21.1 million recreational harbor will come to define the city’s waterfront and revitalize the downtown that was wiped away by Hurricane Katrina. “Bay St. Louis has always ...

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