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HARDWICK: Measuring economic development incentives not as easy as it sounds

Why do we measure things? Because it’s how we keep score. Whether it’s touchdowns, runs batted in, number of years married, interest on a certificate of deposit, length of a symphony or grades in schools. Measurements provide relativism. They allow us to study things, to learn, to compare and to critique. Lately there has been a lot written about economic ...

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HARDWICK: Choosing the best lease as an entrepreneur

Whether you are a one person entrepreneur or the vice president of real estate for a national retail chain it is important to understand the basics of leasing, and the more common types of leases. In general, commercial and retail leases can be classified as a gross lease, a net lease or a percentage lease. Choosing the right one can ...

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HARDWICK: Why do people run for public office

The qualifying deadline for local elections in Mississippi has passed. On May 9 voters will go to the polls to select the political party nominees for mayors, alderpersons and councilmembers in most of the Magnolia State’s villages, towns and cities. It is time again to ask the question: Why do people run for public office? This question gets asked often ...

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Read February 1 issue of MBJ

>> FEAR THE OKRA Mad Genius ad campaign helps Delta State reintroduce the toughest vegetable in higher education— by Stephen McDill Also in this week’s paper: >> LEGISLATURE Move state offices to Capitol Complex — by Ted Carter >> SPORTS New kiosks make for a better visit at sports hall— by Frank Brown >> ENERGY Supreme Court mulls whether or ...

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(VIDEO) Buy local this Christmas, follow the money

Deep Throat said it best in the 1970s classic thriller about the Watergate conspiracy: “Follow the money.” That’s what Stennis Institute development director Phil Hardwick does every year with dollars spent locally at Mississippi homegrown businesses. Instead of fighting traffic and crowds at big box retailers like Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R Us or the recently troubled Best Buy, one suggestion this ...

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Where do economic developers come from?

Having been in the field of economic development for more than 25 years I have seen many changes in the characteristics of those involved in the profession. One change in particular was that it seemed that those involved in economic development and chamber of commerce work were becoming more professional, or at least were coming from more professional backgrounds. Recently, ...

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Assessing is the first step in leadership

A new leader’s first task is to assess the organization and determine what needs to be done. It is often referred to as surveying the environment. Some organizations need the new leader to take the organization to the next level; some organizations need to be shut down. Although these ideas presented here are primarily directed toward those who will be ...

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