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New Corolla rollout to be celebrated March 18

BLUE SPRINGS – The 12th-generation Toyota Corolla will officially roll of the assembly line at Toyota Mississippi in Blue Springs on March 18. “The Corolla has been a good-selling car for us, and I think the new model will be even better,” said Jim Nichols, fleet manager and factory relations liaison at Carlock Toyota in Tupelo. Toyota Motor Co. has ...

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ARC invested $125.6M in economic development projects, including $15.5M in Mississippi

New data shows that the Appalachian Regional Commission invested $125.6 million in 522 economic development projects during Fiscal Year 2018. These region-wide investments will be matched by $188.7 million, and will attract an additional $1.5 billion in leveraged private investment into Appalachia. In addition, these investments are projected to create or retain 26,600 jobs, as well as train or educate ...

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MDA voids deal with shipbuilder at Gulfport port

By Jack Weatherly A Louisiana-based shipbuilder failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline on investments and hiring at the Port of Gulfport and thus Mississippi officials voided an incentive deal. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) turned down a proposal by Edison Chouest Offshore’s Topship subsidiary to cut in half its commitment of an investment of $68 million and creation of ...

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Oxford, Lafayette County live up to lofty status

By MIKE LEE / Business Trend OXFORD – Business and industrial growth is booming across the Mid-South. At the forefront of that trend in Mississippi is the city of Oxford, county seat of Lafayette County, located in the center of the northern one-fifth of the state. The community offers advantages unmatched and for various reasons. For families, Oxford provides one ...

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Coast seeks next generation of professionals

By LISA MONTI The low cost of living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast along with upgrades in some downtown districts give the coastal counties a big advantage in attracting a new generation of professionals. That’s one of the key takeaways from a new analysis commissioned by the Gulf Coast Business Council to find out how the Mississippi coast stacks up ...

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