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HUNTER ARNOLD: Mississippi, Gulf Coast states focus on global business markets

It is true that, as technology becomes more advanced, the world is getting smaller. Markets are becoming truly global. So you will be happy to know that both Mississippi and Louisiana each have organizations focused on promoting our products to the global marketplace. Each of these states has World Trade Center organizations, which are non-profits that are fully-licensed members of ...

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State economic development leaders optimistic of 2015

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and there are signs that employment ...

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State port could land two new tenants; details pending

GULFPORT — The executive director of the Port of Gulfport says the facility could sign deals with two prospective tenants in the next six months. The Sun-Herald reports that news of the prospective tenants was revealed in a status report on a $570-million state restoration project at the port. It says the projects would open trade lines with northern Europe ...

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Scaled-back port plan offers chance of timely completion

Eager to shorten the time frame for upgrading and enlarging the Port of Gulfport, port commissioners last Tuesday agreed to scale back plans to elevate the West Pier to 25 feet as part of a $500 million-plus restoration and expansion of Mississippi’s main seaport. The choice ahead is whether to elevate to 12 feet or 15 feet above sea level. ...

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Search firm likely to lead effort to fill port chief job

The Mississippi State Port Commission expects to hire a search firm to recruit a replacement for Don Allee, who departed his post as executive director and CEO of the Mississippi State Port Authority Nov. 2. Allee ran the Port of Gulfport for 11 years, having previously served as a port executive in Freeport, Texas, and Houston. Matthew Wypyski, COO at ...

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After over decade of study, Corps endorses deepening Savannah's port

The Port of Savannah’s chances for sharing in an expected massive increase in ocean shipping through an expanded Panama Canal received a huge boost Wednesday morning after the Army Corps of Engineers gave a greenlight to deepening the port’s shipping channel. The announcement ends a 14-year wait by the Georgia Ports Authority for permission to dredge a more than 12-mile ...

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Coming home, part 2- "Reshoring" could reenergize U.S. manufacturing

As director of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute, Bill Martin has an up-close familiarity with the American “reshoring” trend, especially its implications for furniture manufacturing in Mississippi. He’s not convinced the trend of factories leaving China to return to the United States has arrived in Mississippi, but change is under way and the Magnolia State is feeling its effects. ...

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Q&A: Carol Hardwick touts MEDC’s new exchange, Y.P. programs

Carol Hardwick is executive director and COO of Jackson-based Mississippi Economic Development Council, which serves economic development and chamber professionals statewide. Hardwick studied political science at Millsaps College before working for Sen. Thad Cochran, coordinating to his 1990 and 1996 campaigns and handling PAC fundraising. Hardwick joined MEDC in 2002. She and husband, Phil, a contributing writer for the Mississippi ...

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Rebounding Gulfport positioning itself for new trade era’s arrival

Completion of the Port of Gulfport’s rebuilding should coincide well with the expected trade growth from the expanded Panama Canal as well as Latin America, port officials say. Port director Don Allee may not get the 50-foot shipping channel the Port of Gulfport would need to take full advantage of a massive increase in Asian sea trade a bigger and ...

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Exporting education

Southern Miss a major player in deal with Panama   On Aug. 2, a delegation of state leaders, including Gov. Haley Barbour, were on hand for the signing of an historic memorandum of understanding between the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport and the Panama Canal Authority. The agreement, the first of its kind between the state and Panama, is ...

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