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SR 9 project incorporates a number of firsts

At first glance, the State Route 9 reconstruction underway in Northeast Mississippi is simply a road improvement project supporting the new Toyota automobile plant at Blue Springs. However, officials say the project is bigger than even Toyota. In fact, plans for the project were hatched before Toyota announced it was coming to Mississippi. The project is expected to not only ...

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Convention district expansion proposal gets OK

The dormant Two Lakes project and other downtown Jackson revitalization efforts could get a boost from a plan to expand the footprint of the Urban Renewal District created for the Jackson Convention complex and a planned convention headquarters hotel. Projects built within the renewal district could be eligible for city-backed Urban Renewal Bonds, officials say. Council members last Tuesday voted ...

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The college student debt bubble

Etta Spencer learned the hard way that all college degrees aren’t created equal. The Madison resident borrowed $28,000 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. It took her two years to find a job, and after four years of working and paying off $10,000, she was laid off. Nationwide, the cost of ...

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Clock ticking on quest for Go-Zone bonds for hotel

TCI Realty of Dallas, a prospective partner with the City of Jackson on a convention center hotel, is racing the clock to gain a $70.1 million share of Mississippi’s tax-exempt Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds before they expire Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the nearly $100 million project faces a council increasingly skeptical about inheriting a development partner from a previous mayoral administration ...

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Will Mississippi's Twin Creeks go the way of Solyndra?

>> OBAMA AND BARBOUR HAVE BET ON GREEN ENERGY WINNERS AND LOSERS. Since its declaration of bankruptcy and subsequent FBI raid in early September, solar manufacturing company Solyndra has stayed in the national news, and President Obama has come under fire from Republicans with allegations of crony capitalism. This month the White House refused to provide documents regarding communications with ...

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Miss. Technology Alliance holds 12th annual conference

At the Mississippi Technology Alliance’s 12th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation last week executives gathered at Jackson Convention Complex to discuss innovation in business and learn about projects from new Mississippi entrepreneurs. MTA is a state-sponsored, non-profit organization that works to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the state. MTA assists entrepreneurs in developing business plans and connecting them ...

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One victory won, another battle looms

We might have finally found something Mississippians of every political persuasion can agree on: The use of eminent domain for private economic development is a bad idea. With 97 percent of precincts reporting late last Wednesday afternoon, Initiative 31, which will amend the state Constitution to essentially restrict the use of eminent domain to projects of direct public use, had ...

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