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MDA names temporary replacements to key positions

MBJ staff In the wake of two departures this week, Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., has named two members of the agency as temporary replacements. Daron Wilson is the interim director of Visit Mississippi, and Jeff Rent has taken the role of interim chief marketing officer. Wilson replaces restaurateur Mal White, who held the position since 2012, ...

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New Audubon Center adds to ecotourism attractions

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By LISA MONTI  Jackson County just added a major new ecotourism attraction, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, which opened Oct. 15 in Moss Point. Along with swamp cruises, birding excursions, kayak tours and nature trails, the center should help to attract more visitors to the state who like the experience of being in nature and who spend money doing it. ...

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Grand opening of restored Round Island Lighthouse Friday


PASCAGOULA — After 15 years of work, the completely restored Round Island Lighthouse will open to the public with a grand opening ceremony Friday. During the past week, The Mississippi Press reports workers have completed the seatwall which surrounds the base of the lighthouse and have been installing a patio in the shape of a rose compass, as well as ...

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Historic music venue, 100 Men Hall, for sale


By LISA MONTI The 100 Men Hall is up for sale. The historic music venue built in 1922 in Bay St. Louis is where Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner and many others have performed. The building was put on the market a couple of weeks ago and has a sale price of $699,000. It has 4,500 square feet, two bedrooms ...

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Pascagoula Beach preparing for $3.5 million dollar makeover


PASCAGOULA — Pascagoula plans to spend $3.5 million giving its beach a face lift. The improvements are part of the city’s promenade project that began after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The city’s recreation Director Darcie Crew tells WLOX TV expanding the sidewalk more than a mile is on the to-do-list. The expansion will ensure that people who ...

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Job ad’s bogus pay figure for new JRA chief creates confusion


By TED CARTER A fraudulent Internet job posting that listed the annual pay for the next executive director of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority at $160,000 may have confused the final two candidates but won’t force a restart of the effort to fill the job. That’s the assessment the chairwoman of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and the head of a search firm ...

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Convention center hotel proposals ask for $41M in loan support

Engineering Design               Technologies Inc.,                     Mississippi Developers LLC

Hotel: Full service; eight floors, 304 rooms; total square footage 340,000;
Parking: 300-space combination surface & structured spaces;
Function space: 21,000 square feet; 
Master Site Plan: (Option 1) Front of the hotel faces the convention center along Pascagoula Street, with a courtyard and improvements to street façade; (Option 2) Front of the hotel faces Farish Street and function space fronts Pascagoula Street;
Cost: $75.1 million
Flag: Marriott
Completion: January 2018

Development Team
» Engineering Design Technologies Inc. (Master Developer), Mississippi Developers LLC
» Jones Walker (Legal Counsel)
» Fountain Construction Co. (Contractor)
» M3A Architecture PLLC/William L. McElroy AIA NCARD (Architect); Integrated Management Services (Engineering); Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart Associates Inc. (Design)
» Public Finance Authority (Financial Services Consultant)

By TED CARTER Two of the three convention center hotel proposals presented to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority rely heavily on public-sector backing for development loans, though both forgo asking for direct financial contributions from either the City or JRA. A JRA-appointed review committee will look over the proposals and recommend a developer to the Authority in time for a selection or ...

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Jackson County voters to consider 2 percent tourism tax


PASCAGOULA — Jackson County voters will decide Tuesday whether to levy a 2 percent tax on hotel stays to pay the local share to support the work of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tri-county tourism group — encompassing Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties — was created to promote the whole Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald ...

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Columbus lands 2016 rural tourism conference


COLUMBUS — The Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is coming to Columbus. The conference will be held Oct. 24-26, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott The annual conference is hosted alternately between Mississippi and Alabama. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 19-21 in Rogersville, Alabama. Greenwood, Mississippi, hosted the 2014 conference Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter says ...

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Ag development, tourism reinforce Delta Council mission

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By Jack Weatherly CLEVELAND — The Bologna Performing Arts Center is a sea of seersucker suits and dresses. There’s as much cotton in this nearly full 1,170-seat arena on the Delta State University campus as in one of the cotton fields that made the region famous. Tradition is the watchword for this, the 80th annual meeting of the Delta Council. ...

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