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Kitchings named vice president of member involvement at MEC

The Mississippi Economic Council recently named Beth Kitchings as Vice President of Member Involvement. Kitchings leads a team responsible for growing, engaging and retaining the membership base of the state’s chamber of commerce. She joins MEC with more than 25 years of sales, marketing, and communications experience with organizations and clients in the healthcare, education, financial services, manufacturing, and tourism ...

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Baptist to bring 250 jobs to downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Baptist Memorial Health Care will move 250 jobs to downtown Jackson, the hospital announced Thursday. Sixty of those jobs will be new and all of them will comprise the hospital system’s business operations center. Baptist will lease four floors, 41,000 square feet, of the Regions Plaza building at 210 E. Capitol St. “This new office will centralize the ...

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Hotel Row for Fondren? Latest plan raises possibility for lineup of lodging in district

By JACK WEATHERLY Three planned hotels stand to change the look if not the character of downtown Fondren. The north Jackson arts and entertainment district with a bohemian flair awaits the outcome of the hotels, two of which were announced 20 months ago. The most recent plan, a 125-room Homewood Suites, was revealed late last month. They would create a ...

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Hoy Road widening will transform congested Madison artery

By BECKY GILLETTE Hoy Road is a bumpy, two-lane road that carries far more traffic daily than for what it was designed. It changes into into Madison Parkway\Highway 463 where it meets U.S. 51 on the west end, connecting residents in the east part of town to schools, shopping, work and larger traffic corridors. A plan to widen Hoy Road ...

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Helping hand for Mississippi’s trade groups

By JULIA MILLER Trade associations are dedicated to helping its members grow and thrive in an ever shifting environment. But what happens when those same trade associations are searching for help? Businesses like Horizon Professional Services and JM Hughes Group are ready to step in and lighten the load. “We provide holistic executive management,” said Ryan Kelly, CEO of Horizon ...

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Plans announced for 125-room Hilton hotel in Fondren

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Heritage Hospitality Group announced plans on Wednesday to build a 125-guestroom Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel in Fondren. The hotel will be built with the medical corridor in mind. Otherwise, it is geared toward multi-day business travelers and others, according to Chico Patel, chief executive of the Ridgeland-based group. The project will add “another piece to the Fondren ...

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Jackson County ANCHOR Awards presented

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce recently presented its 9th Annual ANCHOR Awards. The ANCHOR Awards honor, reward and celebrate the achievements of small businesses and non-profit organizations in the community. The 2017 winners and nominees of the 9th Annual ANCHOR Awards were: Small Business Category 1: Compton Engineering, Inc. (winner); Audiowave Car Stereo; Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina; Belk of ...

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Engineer: Inspectors to close many Mississippi wood bridges

Urging Mississippi lawmakers to provide more infrastructure funding, a county engineer warned Thursday that a stiffened federal inspection program could force repairs or the closure of hundreds of county bridges across the state in the next two years. Jeff Dungan, whose company is the county engineer for six south Mississippi counties, told the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday that federal inspectors ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Mississippi is a paradox in so many ways

August 10, 2017. It is the final morning of a wonderful vacation in Ireland. Up early, I reflect on the kind and welcoming people of Ireland we have met. I marvel at Ireland’s ability to attract businesses to the Emerald Isle. Google, Accenture, Facebook, Paypal. The list goes on and on. I compare and contrast Ireland’s business attraction efforts with ...

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