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Fewer groups are paying for MDOT travel

Highway officials say they have stopped letting road-building industry foot bill for their trips GULFPORT — Top highway officials said they stopped letting the road-building industry pay for their trips to meetings at luxury hotels in tourist hot spots — a change lawmakers and the state’s top ethics official applaud. Taxpayers now pick up the tab for Southern District Transportation ...

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Incentive enhances profits

Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 49 of them are located within the Go Zone region   Tax incentives created under the Gulf Opportunity Zones legislation in 2005 have helped spur economic development as the region recovers from hurricanes that rocked the region that year. Extensions for the federal legislation have been approved by the U.S. Senate and await approval from the ...

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Neel-Schaffer expands into Kentucky

Opening in Bluegrass state gives Jackson-based company 28 offices across the Southeast   The Jackson-based engineering firm Neel-Schaffer Inc. has expanded its operations to the State of Kentucky with the opening in February of an office in the Bluegrass State. The Kentucky office gives Neel-Schaffer 28 offices across the Southern states. Neel-Schaffer was founded in Jackson in 1983 with a ...

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State architects aren’t hurting as much

By LAURA SMITH I contributor laurahoughsmith@gmail.com   When architects Michael Grey Jones and Joey Crain attended American Institute of Architects meetings in Washington, D.C., they were struck by the horror stories their colleagues from across the nation were sharing. “We heard horror stories in Washington,” said Joey Crain, a principal of the Eley Guild Hardy Architects and president-elect of the ...

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Katrina still has engineers busy on Coast

However, work in the private sector has decline during a slumping economic condition   If good can come from a devastating hurricane, it’s the facelift the Gulf Coast will have when millions of dollars of infrastructure improvement projects are complete, engineers on the coast say. Hurricane Katrina battered Mississippi’s Gulf Coast four years ago, and cities now are using government ...

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Federal contracts sustaining engineers

Firms have been able to avoid large-scale layoffs with help from deals Contracts for state and federal government infrastructure projects have sustained engineering firms across the state despite the recession. While the market for residential development has dropped severely, firms have concentrated on infrastructure improvement projects — repairs to bridges, roads and water and sewer systems — in municipalities across ...

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