In this week’s MBJ, Clay Chandler examines whether there is a megasite available for a new Hyundai plant. The MDA’s Leland Speed says there are no sites available. However, the East Mississippi Business Development Corp. executive director Wade Jones says the 1,400-acre Kewanee site is still available for Hyundai or anyone else that wants it. So, what is Leland Speed talking about? Does he know the megasite near Meridian is available?
Also in this week’s paper:
>> A FIGHT TO THE FINISH: Shrimp processors along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have filed for injunctive relief in federal court in an effort to block a proposed rule change by the U.S. Department of Labor in determining wages paid under the department’s H2-B guest-worker program. — by WALLY NORTHWAY
>> HOTEL SEEN AS LIFLEINE FOR CONVENTION CENTER: Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is clear about why he worked hard the last several months to broker a $96 million deal to get a convention headquarters hotel built. It’s a rescue mission — pure and simple. — by TED CARTER
>> WHO WILL BE THE NEXT BANKING COMMISSIONER?: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour or his successor have the option of going into the financial services regulatory realm or into the banking sector itself to replace the retired John Allison as banking commissioner. John Allison says the load of regulatory changes facing the financial sector has led state banking supervision offices across the nation to fill their top ranks with seasoned regulators. The learning curve is too high and the pace of change too swift to do otherwise, said Allison, who stepped down Sept. 30 after 40 years with the state Department of Banking and Consumer Finance, including about 15 years as its head. — by TED CARTER
>> COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LOOKS FOR A WAY OUT OF THE WOODS: Somebody had to be elected the optimist in a room full of commercial real estate professionals gathered Sept. 22 for a panel discussion organized by the Mississippi CCIM Chapter.
The job fell to Leland Speed, longtime real estate investor and interim chief of the Mississippi Development Authority. — by TED CARTER
>> GREEN MOBILE DESIGN: MSU director of architecture school has nationwide reputation for ecological design— by BECKY GILLETTE
>> ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: RALLYING BEHIND SUSTAINABILITY: I have never been to a ghost town. I don’t view this as an unfortunate shortcoming of my youth; I have seen enough Westerns in my years that I get the idea. I don’t imagine that they are really ghosts towns anymore as much as they are the idea of a ghost town with souvenir stands with t-shirts and snow globes. — by JEFF SEABOLD
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