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MBJ FOCUS: Mississippi ranks last in pay equality for women

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi ranks last in the U.S. when it comes to pay equity for women. “We are now the only state in the nation without some equal pay protections in our state law,” said Tracy DeVries, executive director, Women’s Foundation of Mississippi. “Alabama legislators passed a state equal pay bill last session.”  According to the Institute for Women’s ...

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MBJ FOCUS: State’s tourism tumbles amid pandemic

By LISA MONTI The year started out on an upbeat note for the Coast’s tourism industry. The visitor numbers for January and February were the best in four years, and March was on track to continue the trend. Nearly $750 million worth of projects including upscale hotels and the Mississippi Aquarium were on the verge of opening. Coastal Mississippi, the ...

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Retailers know that it takes more than a ‘village’ to make it through tough times

By JACK WEATHERLY It may take more than a village to survive the corona virus. Highland Village shops are taking creative approaches to stay in touch with and serve their clientele. Linsey Armstrong, director of marketing for the venerable collection of shops in northeast Jackson, had just finished participating in the latest webinar Thursday afternoon about steps that can be ...

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Shops, restaurants at Renaissance try new ways to survive

By JACK WEATHERLY “Our usual advertising theme is ‘your dining and shopping destination.’” “Now we say: ‘We’re your curbside dining and shopping destination,’” Jan Mattiace jokingly said in an interview on Wednesday. But the corona virus epidemic’s disruption of commerce and just about everything else in the country and world, is no joke, Mattiace said. Many retailers across the nation ...

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Virus forces restaurants to tighten up or close across Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Restaurants across Mississippi are either running abbreviated service to try to avoid closing because of the coronavirus pandemic – or have already closed. “Sales started plummeting early last week,” said Pat Fontaine, executive director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association. The public’s fear of the contagion and statements and mandates by federal and local government have ...

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Nissan, Toyota to temporarily shut down

Nissan on Wednesday said it would halt production at its Canton facility and others in the U.S. for two weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Clarion Ledger. The production outage — affecting about 5,250 employees in Canton — will last from March 20 through April 6. “The company is taking this action to boost containment efforts where possible around the COVID-19 coronavirus,” ...

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TODD SMITH — Transparency, preparation key for Coronavirus pandemic communications

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on our world – and in the world of clear communications! Officials and leaders around the globe are warning people of the potential ramifications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the day and hour. Supply-chain management, special events, retail and hospitality businesses are all vulnerable to disruptions caused by this far-reaching public health concern, according to ...

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Oxford Chamber announces Leadership class

The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce recently announced its 2020 class of the Leadership Lafayette.Front row, from left: Natasha  Towner, Renasant Bank; Shanta Bean, North East MS Power Association; Leigh Jurney, North Mississippi Regional Center; Prema Balachandran, University of Mississippi; Emily Kidd, Hunt Marketing; LaKeisha Borum, Medical Marketing Economics; David Grayson, CareMed EMS. Second row: Ellis Bledsoe, ECB Solutions, LLC; Carlos Maury, CoreLogic; Qwadre Clayton, Big Brother Technologies; Erin Payseur Oeth, University of Mississippi; Caitlyn Clegg, Red Window Communications LLC; Emily Echols, The University of ...

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VCVB’s Gatian Receives Tourism Marketing Certification

Ashley Gatian, sales manager at the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (VCVB), has earned certification as a “Travel Marketing Professional” after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College. Gatian has worked at the VCVB since February 2012 and is responsible for group tours, recruiting meetings and conventions, international sales, and facilitating travel media.

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Community Foundation announces Fulcher as successor as president

Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi president Tom Pittman will step down from that position on April 1, and the Foundation’s Executive Vice President Keith Fulcher will become president. Pittman has served as president since 2004 and will remain with the organization as president emeritus. Fulcher who joined the Foundation last year previously served at Delta State University for 23 years ...

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