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Strides, criticisms mark Port of Gulfport chief’s tenure

Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Mississippi State Ports Authority, is looking to add 150 acres to the Port of Gulfport after its rebuilding is completed at the end of 2017.

Jonathan Daniels has checked off a few tasks on his to-do list since taking over as head of the Mississippi State Ports Authority in 2012: » Put money in the bank; » Establish a nearly $4 million operating budget surplus; » Expand the Port of Gulfport by 84 acres; » Complete channel maintenance dredging, including 100 feet out from the ...

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State port’s Katrina relief jobs costly, slow to materialize

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GULFPORT — The federal government is giving the state of Mississippi more time to create jobs promised in exchange for more than $566 million in Hurricane Katrina-relief funds. The state Port at Gulfport has used the federal money to restore and expand its West Pier, a project that will not be completed before late 2016 or possibly early 2017, port ...

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Gulfport buys Ingalls facility for $32 million

GULFPORT— The Board of Commissioners for the Mississippi State Port Authority has approved the purchase for $32 million a Huntington Ingalls Gulfport facility located about five miles inland. The acquisition is part of a long-range plan to develop an inland port as an extension of the Port of Gulfport, the authority said Friday in a news release. The 116-acre location will increase capacity ...

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MDA’s Christensen forecasts economic growth momentum continuing in 2015

Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Christensen foresees 2015 being a year when the state builds upon the strengthening economic activity of both the state and the nation in the past year. “As the national economy continues to rebound and strengthen, that momentum will continue to carry over,” Christensen said. “Companies are increasingly seeking new locations to expand as a ...

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Chiquita got $15M in incentives to move back to Louisiana

GULFPORT — Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans from Mississippi after nearly 40 years. Chiquita, then called United Brands, left New Orleans for Gulfport in the mid-1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans. It is one of the Port of Gulfport’s top four tenants, according to that port’s website. “This is a huge, historic win ...

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HUD: State lax in recruiting low-income workers for Katrina efforts

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has upheld its ruling that the Mississippi did too little to recruit low-income people for Hurricane Katrina recovery work at the Port of Gulfport. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity also found the Mississippi Development Authority failed at times to track employment of low-income people on work done ...

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Port works out agreement with feds over job data

GULFPORT — Mississippi officials say they have an agreement with the federal government to show how existing jobs were preserved with federal money at the state-owned Port of Gulfport. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ordered the state, in a letter received Sept. 11, to provide more documents about those jobs. The state agreed to preserve 1,300 jobs ...

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Leaders dispute report on unspent Katrina aid

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi officials said millions of dollars in federal aid still unspent years after Hurricane Katrina doesn’t spell trouble with the recovery effort, disputing a watchdog report that found among things that jobs’ creation was still lagging at the Port of Gulfport. Reacting to an Associated Press examination of the $847 million remaining in the Katrina grant ...

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PEER report on port expansion to be released this week

GULFPORT — A legislative committee will release a report this week on its analysis of spending at the State Port at Gulfport. Max Arinder, director of the Performance Evaulation and Expenditure Review Committee, told The Sun Herald that the report should be available to the public Friday. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Development Authority and state port officials had wanted ...

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Legislators, group want PEER to review State Port expansion

GULFPORT — Two lawmakers and a community coalition are asking a legislative committee to release a report that analyzes spending on state port expansion. “This is public monies, so it should be public knowledge,” Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes, D-Gulfport, said at a news conference held yesterday in Gulfport. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said the report by the Performance ...

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