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Angela Curry creating opportunities for people in her home in the Mississippi Delta

By NASH NUNNERY Fresh out of Mississippi Valley State University with diploma in hand, Angela Curry began the daunting search for a job. Curry, who grew up in tiny Teoc, Mississippi, applied at a Grenada temp agency and eventually received an offer to be an administration assistant with the Greenwood-Leflore County Industrial Board. She’s never left. Twenty-eight years later, Curry ...

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Oxford company specializes in elegant, stylish reading glasses that double as fashionable jewelry

» Co-founded by Oxford entrepreneur Dianna Seddon, Neckglasses has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The View,” the Home Shopping Network and HLN, among others By RICK HYNUM Reserved and soft-spoken, Dianna Seddon may not fit the stereotype of the extroverted, hard-charging American entrepreneur, but she’s setting a new trend in the world of fashionable eyewear with her Oxford-based startup, Neckglasses. ...

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Police, fire wear maker moving from Oxford to Batesville, adding 150 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Blauer Manufacturing, which makes uniforms and protective wear for police officers and firefighters, will expand its operations in north Mississippi in a $2.4 million corporate investment and creation of 150 jobs over three years.  Located in Lafayette County, Blauer is moving to the former Batesville Casket Company plant in Batesville. The company, which employs about 150 workers ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — 11 things I’ve learned about economic development

During my still active career in economic and community development, I’ve learned quite a few things. Some, but not all, are listed below. These are just the first ones that came to mind. Economic development is all about jobs. Even though the textbook definition of the term is, “… the process of increasing the economic wealth of a community,” almost ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Uplifting Jackson forum hints at rural gloom

Growing economic trends bode ill for rural America. “We are witnessing a growing economic and political divide between urban and rural America,” wrote Axios last week, pointing to some significant data. “Roughly half of all U.S. zip codes still have lower total employment than they did in 2007….Rural Americans have far fewer hospitals, workout facilities, and health specialists….Big employers and ...

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Ridgeland defends Costco gas station site approval

By JACK WEATHERLY The city of Ridgeland has denied major points in a court filing against its June 19 approval of a site for a gas station across Highland Colony Parkway from a 45-acre site that would include a proposed Costco Wholesale store. The case in Madison County Circuit Court comes after opponents of the so-called third phase of the ...

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‘Grinch effect’ casts pall over shopping season

By JACK WEATHERLY Two credit-card reports cast a pall over the nation during the height of the Christmas-shopping season. The timing of the analyses might be called the Grinch effect. Mississippi has the sixth-highest credit-card debt burden in the nation, according to CreditCards.com. Another personal-finance website, WalletHub, took a look at credit-card debt in more than 2,500 cities for the ...

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Export awards given to Mississippi firms

By MBJ STAFF Gov. Phil Bryant presented awards to four Mississippi companies at the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting event held at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. The awards recognize Mississippi companies for their success in beginning, maintaining or increasing export sales to international markets. “The companies honored at this year’s Export Awards ceremony have successfully demonstrated ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN: The Green Rush — Hemp may be the savior for Mississippi agriculture

The struggles of the Mississippi Delta and Mississippi farmers are well documented. But relief may be on the horizon if the State of Mississippi is willing and able to build the infrastructure necessary to capture its share of an agricultural market that is expected to increase from $820 million this year to $22 billion in 2022.  Yes, you read that ...

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