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GLENN McCULLOUGH — Teamwork: A winning strategy

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Economic opportunity can change lives. Promoting Mississippi’s advantages to attract new career opportunities while supporting the expansion of our existing businesses is our primary mission at the Mississippi Development Authority. Three key principles guide us and help ensure Mississippi will continue to cultivate economic opportunities for Mississippi families. First, teamwork is essential to winning new investment projects and helping our ...

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JOSH MABUS — What happened to quality?

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I noticed a post on Facebook recently. A friend posted a picture of a ripped cuff on his shirt. The caption asked, “What happened to quality?” It was a (relatively) cheap shirt from a big-box retailer (I know because I own the same one). So what did happen to quality? No long ago, Mercedes-Benz introduced a $30,000 car. I drive ...

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State mulling options on extending benefits to same-sex spouses


By TED CARTER Same-sex couples are tying the knot across Mississippi but the state has not yet decided how – or whether – it will extend worker benefits to the same-sex spouses of state employees. The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration is trying to get a fix on the state’s obligations in the wake of last week’s ruling by ...

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Mississippian Glenn McCullough Jr. gets nod as new MDA chief

Glenn McCullough takes over as the head of the Mississippi Development Authority Monday, June 8.

By TED CARTER An executive search that never left Mississippi has led to the appointment of Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Speaking to luncheon guests at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting, Gov. Phil Bryant said he kept the search within ...

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Source: McCullough a leading candidate for MDA job

        By JACK WEATHERLY Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, is a leading candidate to become executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, according to a source familiar with the situation. McCullough said in a telephone interview with the Mississippi Business Journal  Thursday afternoon that “the MDA is very important ...

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TRANSITION AT THE MDA — Is Mississippi better off than it was 3 years ago?

By JACK WEATHERLY  Is Mississippi better off than it was three years ago? That’s a fair enough question when it comes to measurable matters such as jobs created and money invested. The answer is: depends on whom you’re asking. And what you’re asking. When the Mississippi Development Authority announced April 8 that Brent Christensen  was resigning his job as executive ...

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Jay Moon: Bullish on Mississippi’s manufacturing future

  By ALAN TURNER Jay Moon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, proudly says that his family roots can be traced back to Virginia in the 1500’s.  These days, his roots are firmly anchored in Mississippi. “I’ve been here since Cliff Finch was Governor,” he said with a smile. Jay, who holds a Master’s of Public ...

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Funds to support STEM programs at schools

CANTON — Nissan is donating $250,000 to supporting science, math and engineering programs at six Mississippi historical black colleges. The announcement came Friday at the Nissan plant in Canton. The funds will go to Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College and Tougaloo College with resources to support their STEM (science, technology, ...

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Most businesses already have guidelines in place if same-sex marriage becomes law

By LISA MONTI  If and when Mississippi allows same-sex marriage, employees at large companies in the state likely won’t see any changes in their insurance and employee benefits. That’s because major automakers, aerospace companies and others already offer equality benefits plans. “When you look at some of the top private sector employers in Mississippi like Nissan and Toyota, these are ...

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Haley Barbour: Kemper plant will rival Grand Gulf’s performance

By JACK WEATHERLY  Former Gov. Haley Barbour predicts that Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal-powered plant will in the long run rival the performance of Entergy’s Grand Gulf nuclear plant in Port Gibson. “Grand Gulf took more than twice as long to build and cost more than twice as much [as originally planned].  And after it went online it initially caused ...

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