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Graduates of USM’s Master’s in Economic Development in high demand

For the past 40 years, the University of Southern Mississippi has been offering a Master of Science in Economic Development (MSED) program aimed at honing the talents of people who work to help communities prosper and grow. Graduates are working at many of the most successful economic development organizations in Mississippi and other states. “The master’s program in economic development ...

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Williams does work around the world promoting soil health and grassfed animal production

By BECKY GILLETTE STARKVILLE — Before a recent interview for this article, Dr. Allen Williams had already answered emails from people in a dozen different countries. “And that happens every day,” said Williams, a sixth-generation farmer who is a partner in one of the largest grassfed protein operations in the country, Joyce Farms Inc., and a founding partner of Soil ...

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Grassfed animal production can be a way to save the family farm

By BECKY GILLETTE Many grassfed animal producers turned to that production method because of evidence that it is healthier for the environment, the animals and people. But another big factor is cost. It can be less costly than purchasing or even growing the grains. Dr. Allen Williams, who is a partner in one of the largest grassfed animal production companies ...

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Baptist DeSoto employs unique physician collaboration to improve cardiac outcomes while reducing costs

By BECKY GILLETTE SOUTHAVEN — Some people might perceive that a bigger hospital is a better hospital. But in the case of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, advantages have been found allowing the hospital that serves a large surrounding rural area to engage in a unique physician collaboration targeted towards improving health outcomes while reducing costs for cardiac care. “DeSoto is almost ...

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Opportunity Zone credits touted as benefit from purchasing five historic downtown Hattiesburg properties

By BECKY GILLETTE In what is being described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” five historic downtown Hattiesburg properties owned by CR Properties were available with a call for offers on the buildings being accepted until Dec. 5. The advantage of having so many buildings for sale at once allows buyers a rare opportunity to purchase the historic office and multifamily assets ...

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Glass, Inc., has grown to one of the largest glazing companies in the Southeast in the past 20 years

By Becky Gillette Kristen Smith has a vivid memory of being eight years old and sitting in the lap of her father, Robert Smith Jr., while he designed a logo for a new company he had founded, Glass, Inc., with six other people in July 1999. “In that moment, I had no way of knowing how special that memory would ...

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Making the switch

» If current problems are solved, cryptocurrency could be to financial transactions what word processors were to typewriters By BECKY GILLETTE Wendell Fugitt is a bit of a “crypto nerd.” He drives about two hours a day from his home in Covington County to where he operates his business, Sta-Security, in the Jackson area. He uses that time to listen ...

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CPAs on firmer ground this year helping clients understand income tax laws

By BECKY GILLETTE The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the first major federal tax overhaul in over 30 years.  It affected taxpayers of all sizes—individuals, corporations, trusts, estates, and pass-through entities, said Blair J. Waggoner, CPA, tax senior manager, HORNE Wealth Strategies, Ridgeland. While it was enacted in December of 2017, the 2018 filing season was the first ...

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Many different elements factor into which employee benefits are most valued

By BECKY GILLETTE Health insurance costs continue to rise, low unemployment rates mean stronger competition for top talent, and there is legislation such as Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. All those affect what types of benefits employers provide, as well as the need to cater to a multigenerational work-force that requires different benefits at different life stages, said ...

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Jackson Ready Mixed Concrete, now Delta Industries, has grown to a four-state footprint

By BECKY GILLETTE Jackson Ready Mixed Concrete was founded in 1945 by the Mounger, Speed and Reed families in Jackson. Descendants of those original founders still form the majority of shareholders. Three of their board members are 2nd and 3rd generation Mounger and Speed family members. Over the decades the company expanded into other markets and acquired other companies growing ...

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