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Pearl River receives $2 million grant for Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy

The Department of Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced Oct. 4 that Pearl River Community College will be awarded a $2 million grant for use in the construction of a new Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy at the Stennis International Airport. The grant will be matched with more than $3.9 million in state and local investments and is expected to help ...

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New plant to add jobs along Tenn-Tom Waterway in Alabama

A planned factory will add badly needed jobs in an underdeveloped part of west Alabama. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced Friday that the Maryland-based Enviva Partners plans to invest about $175 million on a wood pellet production plant in Sumter County. It will ship product on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway from the Port of Epes. The statement says the proposed facility ...

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Work underway on Costco station while suit is pending

By JACK WEATHERLY The question: will Costco Wholesale proceed with construction of the 150,000-square-foot store in Ridgeland without building a fueling station? The city of Ridgeland has now gotten court clearance to build the so-called “third phase” of the Renaissance Colony Parkway mall, which would be anchored by Costco. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled 7-0 in April 2017 in a ...

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MEDC announces 2019-2020 officers and board of directors

Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) announces Officers and Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 year. MEDC is a professional association of economic development, chambers and associated stakeholders who work together to advance the profession and to advance economic development efforts in Mississippi through advocacy, collaboration, education and by providing resources to its members. MEDC is the voice of the economic ...

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Cruisin’ the Coast to rev up economy

By LISA MONTI In its 23rd year, Cruisin’ the Coast is a tourism juggernaut that reliably revs up the coast economy during what used to be a slow season. This year’s classic car party, which celebrates vehicles 1989 and older, is expected to be another record breaker when Cruisin’ rolls across the three coastal counties Oct. 6-13 Car owners had ...

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BancorpSouth Arena officials present $15.2 million renovation project to city council

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal Officials overseeing the renovation of the BancorpSouth Arena project presented Tupelo City Council members with a final bid package of $15.2 million at a special called council work session on Thursday. Todd Hunt, the executive director of the arena, told council members the project has been a “long time coming” since work toward the renovation had ...

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Women-owned business report reveals data on Mississippi women-owned businesses

By DANNY McARTHUR / Daily Journal Owners Kim Caron of the Caron Gallery and Nicole Judon of the Peach Blossom Boutique LLC differ in years of experience. Caron opened her art gallery in 2010, while Judon opened her boutique in May and an online boutique in 2018. However, the two women have one thing in common: They are both part ...

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Mississippi Aquarium sets opening date in 2020

The Mississippi Aquarium is now set to open on April 30, 2020. The Sun Herald reports that the opening date for the Gulfport attraction was announced at the recent Splash Bash fundraiser for the aquarium. Aquarium supporters are aiming to raise $10 million so the aquarium can open debt-free. The aquarium will include a 360-degree tunnel where sharks, rays and ...

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MSU research & technology non-profit out to elevate innovation in Starkville’s downtown

By TED CARTER The move of tech data company Babel Street Inc. onto the third floor of Starkville’s Cadence Bank building marks the official start of a Mississippi State University non-profit corporation’s efforts to energize downtown technological innovation. Cadence, a regional bank formerly headquartered in Starkville, will remain in the first two floors of the 33,000 square-foot downtown landmark at ...

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Babel Street doubles size as it tags Starkville its ‘ideas’

By TED CARTER Nearly 50 years after Coca-Cola sought to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, Starkville data tech company Babel Street Inc. is out to fulfill an equally ambitious goal. Babel Street wants to help the world make sense of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data it produces each day and will employ all of the world’s ...

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