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Ritchey breaking ground on dealerships

By JACK WEATHERLY Ritchey Automotive scheduled a ground-breaking for Thursday at 11 a.m. for a $15 million facility that will be home for two dealerships – Audi Jackson and Jaguar/Land Rover Jackson – on Interstate 55 in Ridgeland. The group announced early last year that it was relocating the franchises from 5320 I-55 in Jackson. Joe Usry, Ritchey general manager, ...

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Leadership Mississippi celebrates 54 graduates in class of 2018

Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program announced the 54 graduates of the Class of 2018. The Class of 2018 participants completed five sessions in locations across Mississippi, including Jackson, Oxford, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Tunica, and Columbus. Leadership Mississippi is the second oldest statewide leadership program in the nation and is conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation. Since its inception ...

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Pate joins Entergy Mississippi’s economic development team

Christine Lusteck Pate has joined Entergy Mississippi’s economic development division as business retention and expansion representative. Pate will work with Entergy’s existing industrial base to assist them with issues related to growth and competitiveness. Pate formerly was deputy director for the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, a public/private partnership. Prior to that, she was a senior project manager at the ...

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40 years and still printing — MBJ still the leading source of business news in Magnolia State

In August 1979, a new business-focused, statewide newspaper hit the newsstand for the first time. Dubbed the Mississippi Business Journal, that first issue dealt with transportation issues, oil and gas exploration and the upcoming gubernatorial election as well as offering people in the news, business briefs, editorials and more. The frequency of the publication would evolve from monthly to weekly, ...

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EMBDC recognizes November ambassadors of the month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently presented its November Ambassadors of the Month awards. Recognized were, from left, Mary Atterberry, Rush Health Systems, third place; Sonya Scarbrough, BankPlus, first place; Jennifer Booker, WGBC-TV, red ticket drawing winner; Terry Watkins, Lala Enterprises, second place. (Courtesy of EMBDC)

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MCEDA welcomes new board members

The Madison County Board of Supervisors have appointed two new board members to the Madison County Economic Development Authority Board. Gerard Gibert was appointed to the at-large position, and Tracy Bailey was appointed to the District 3 slot. “We are delighted to welcome Gerard and Tracy to the MCEDA Board of Directors,” said Joseph P. Deason, Executive Director of MCEDA. ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding lands major contracts to continue being a state economic driver

By BECKY GILLETTE PASCAGOULA—It has been a banner year for the state’s largest private employer, the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. In September Ingalls was awarded a $5.1 billion fixed-price incentive, multiyear procurement contract for construction of six Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Flight III destroyers for the U.S. Navy. That is in addition to a $1.43 billion contract ...

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Angela Curry creating opportunities for people in her home in the Mississippi Delta

By NASH NUNNERY Fresh out of Mississippi Valley State University with diploma in hand, Angela Curry began the daunting search for a job. Curry, who grew up in tiny Teoc, Mississippi, applied at a Grenada temp agency and eventually received an offer to be an administration assistant with the Greenwood-Leflore County Industrial Board. She’s never left. Twenty-eight years later, Curry ...

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Police, fire wear maker moving from Oxford to Batesville, adding 150 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Blauer Manufacturing, which makes uniforms and protective wear for police officers and firefighters, will expand its operations in north Mississippi in a $2.4 million corporate investment and creation of 150 jobs over three years.  Located in Lafayette County, Blauer is moving to the former Batesville Casket Company plant in Batesville. The company, which employs about 150 workers ...

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