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PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be economic developer?

So you want to be economic developer. Can’t say as I blame you. It’s a rewarding profession that provides self-satisfaction and can have a positive impact on a community. It’s also a stable occupation. In my many years as an economic developer, I’ve noticed very little turnover. In this letter, I’ll offer some observations and comments that you may find ...

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New Albany’s VIP Seating filling theaters globally

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal A veteran of the furniture industry, Steve Simons and a handful of others started VIP Cinema Seating with hopes that their idea of putting reclining seats in movie theaters would take off. “Nobody in 2008 was putting reclining seats in a movie theater,” said the VIP chief executive officer. “So we introduced this thing, ...

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Blue Delta Jeans are taking the country by storm

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Two childhood friends who went to school together in South Pontotoc and college never thought they’d be selling $500 jeans, much less counting celebrities and sports stars among their clientele. Yet, Josh West and Nick Weaver find themselves doing just that. West and Weaver are co-owners of Blue Delta Jeans, which got its start ...

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Pushing the porch back to the forefront

By JACK WEATHERLY Big front porches – with room for friends and family to sit, rock and visit for a while – are back in style. In the days before air-conditioning, such porches were especially prized in the South during the long hot summers, allowing people passing by on foot to say hello and possibly be invited up for lemonade ...

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Mississippi governor leads trade trip to Uzbekistan

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is on a trade mission to the central Asian country of Uzbekistan. Bryant spokesman Bobby Morgan says the governor and others left Sunday and will return Saturday. The delegation includes Mississippi National Guard Adjutant Gen. Durr Boyles, Mississippi Development Authority director Glenn McCullough and others from state government and the private sector. Morgan tells The ...

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HOME TOWN — Rasberry helps make Laurel a special place to live

By NASH NUNNERY To say Jim Rasberry loves his hometown of Laurel might be the understatement of the century. In 2006, Rasberry Financial Services was one of a handful of tenants occupying the city’s once-bustling downtown. Many small businesses had left for other areas of town. Federal urban renewal projects had turned the center of Laurel into what resembled a ...

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‘Expanding our Workforce’ is theme of State of the Region meeting

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The CREATE Foundation’s Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi will host its 23rd annual State of the Region meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. The meeting is free and open to the public, and advance reservations are not required. Registrationand coffee hour will begin ...

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Communities receive National Main Street accreditation

There were 44 statewide designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center and the Mississippi Main Street Association. The statewide programs accredited with the status include: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Byhalia, Carthage/Leake County, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, ...

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Outsourcing firm expands in Mississippi Delta, hiring 175

A business outsourcing firm is expanding in the Mississippi Delta, with plans to invest $500,000 and hire 175 people over two years. PeopleShores of San Jose, California, announced Tuesday that it will expand from its current 25 employees in Clarksdale. Employees perform tasks for technology, insurance, retail, financial and travel firms. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says workers will ...

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Tupelo’s CDF looking to build on another successful year

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Taking the mantle of chairman of the Community Development Foundation for 2019-2020, retired gastroenterologist Dr. Sam Pace said he looks forward to his role to spread the message of CDF. “I got involved after I retired, and as a practicing physician, a lot of times you really don’t get a chance to ...

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