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Designing a merger

Dale and Associates, Barranco join forces Two of Mississippi’s most prominent architectural firms are merging, creating one of the largest, if not the largest, Mississippi-based design firms. On Nov. 29, Dale and Associates Architects, P.A., and Barranco, PLLC, both of Jackson, announced they were combining. The new entity, to be known as Dale Partners, becomes effective Jan. 1. According to ...

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Holiday hopes left twisting in the wind

It was a tale of two Main Streets in Yazoo City last Tuesday morning. On the north end of the retail corridor, the clean-up effort forged ahead, as businesses in the first block took a direct strike from the EF2 tornado that twisted through last Monday night. But southward, on the second block, there was a different kind of anxiety ...

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Slight occupancy decline, submarkets on the rise

Combined average rate drop of 10 cents leaves Metro landlords hoping the bottom has been reached Downtown’s Central Business District and the Highland Colony submarkets kept metro Jackson from achieving positive net absorption of office space in the third quarter, though more than a quarter million square feet counted in the downtown survey is not being actively marketed. The quarterly survey ...

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Builder groups split on new Congress

Trade associations split on what to expect following elections The state’s two leading construction trade associations are divided as to whether the new-look Congress will be a plus for builders. The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is optimistic. The Associated General Contractors (AGC), on the other hand, is more guarded in its outlook. Now, the question is will the moratorium ...

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CEO leaves Trustmark in good shape

Hickson leaves ‘Host’ of strategies Departing Trustmark chairman, CEO says new leadership has leverage to grow earnings Hearin, Day and Hickson. That’s how long it takes for a roll call of Trustmark National Bank’s top leadership over the past 50 years. Each executive left a mark on the bank that Jackson built — Bob Hearin as an entrepreneur who cultivated ...

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Planned Gulfport casino takes first step

Rotate Black hopes next approval comes in January   On Nov. 18, the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave a Michigan company a one-year site approval for its planned casino in Gulfport. Now comes the hard part. Rotate Black, a casino and resort management company in Petoskey, Mich., plans to dock a gaming vessel on the old Marine Life property in Gulfport, ...

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Sherman seeks Toyota-related annexation for development

The Sherman community in North Mississippi is trying to position itself to snag Toyota-related development once the automotive manufacturing facility starts producing Corollas in fall 2011. Within the next few weeks, Mayor Ben Logan said, he and Sherman’s planning officials hope to have finalized a map that would show the new city limits that include about 1,200 new acres acquired ...

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Casino worker BP claims denied

Restaurant workers faring better In late September, a man who lives on the Coast and works for a casino part-time and for a restaurant part-time went into the BP Claims Facility to submit his claim for lost wages as a result of the oil spill. The man, who spoke to the Mississippi Business Journal on the condition his name not ...

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Just who is Steven Palazzo?

  New U.S. representative comes from seemingly nowhere Sources told the Mississippi Business Journal that just a few weeks before Election Day, some of the campaigners for Republican Steven Palazzo were less than optimistic that their candidate had a shot at beating incumbent Democrat Gene Taylor for the District 4 seat in the House of Representatives. After all, Taylor had ...

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Mississippi's top tree man

Wiseman earns forestry’s highest honor   Mike Wiseman is characterized by friends, family and colleagues as quiet, modest and low-profile. However, he had his “cover” blown recently when he earned the most prestigious award given by the Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA) — Meritorious Service to Forestry. “I was just so shocked when they called my name,” said Wiseman. “Mike is ...

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