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Stennett, Simpson attend Forum

Mitch Stennett, president, and Larkin Simpson, chamber director, of the Economic Development Authority of Jones County, participated in the 2011 Janus Economics Forum, an association of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of economic development. Each year, the Forum invites approximately 15 leading economic developers from around the country to participate in a unique peer-learning and networking event in Rabun ...

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MDA in transition

The state’s lead economic development organization is in a state of flux as its executive director, Gray Swoope, prepares to depart for Florida. Gov. Haley Barbour will have to name a temporary replacement, who will serve until January when the next Mississippi governor enters the mansion and his choice as permanent Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) leader takes office. So, it ...

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MDA focusing on existing industry

Several sewing factory workers walked into the economic development office in Laurel unannounced. This was the early 1990s, when a lot of the “cut and sew” factories were heading in droves to China and Mexico. The workers wanted to see the organization president, Mitch Stennett, so they could tell him that Laurel Industrial Garment had announced it was selling out ...

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Russ faces uphill challenge in Natchez

With outlook grim, economic development vet comes home to change chemistry Chandler Russ grew up in Natchez, went to the University of Southern Mississippi and has since built an economic development career that has taken him to almost every part of Mississippi and into Arkansas. He’s about to go back home. On Nov. 1, Russ will become the first director ...

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Natchez REC-PLEX not a slam dunk

Tate Hobdy knows the wheels of finance often turn slowly for projects like a large, multi-use recreational complex. But that is not squashing his hope that ground will be broken on one in Natchez by the end of next summer. Hobdy, chairman of the Natchez-Adams Recreation Commission, is spearheading a planning and fundraising effort to construct a new recreation complex ...

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Q&A – Mitch Stennett, president, Economic Development Authority of Jones County

CONCEPT STILL THE SAME It’s all about making your community a better place Somehow, Mitch Stennett makes economic development look effortless. Over the last 20 years, Jones County has pulled off some impressive victories and consistently ranks near the bottom in unemployment. Yet, Stennett maintains an easy demeanor — never too up or down. He is highly admired among his ...

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