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Analysis: Budget increase sought amid popularity of museums

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History receives a small slice of the state budget. But, with two new museums already gaining international attention, the department plays a large role in shaping the public perception of the state. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, two entities under a single roof, opened with a public celebration ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: If only Tupelo’s unifying culture reached statewide

Do you know the “Tupelo Story,” the uplifting chronicle of Tupelo’s self-transformation from “a hardscrabble hamlet” (Aspen Institute) to a prosperous small city and “national model for homegrown development” (William Winter)?   Vaughn Grisham, Jr., built a career around telling the Tupelo Story and was the founding director of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at Ole Miss. ...

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Waller named to top post of MEC

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Scott Waller has been named president and chief executive of the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. The appointment was announced Tuesday at MEC Capital Day 2018, where over 1,000 business and community leaders from across Mississippi joined with legislators and state leaders to discuss the upcoming legislative agenda. Waller, who has been with ...

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Mississippi firm buys Mexican asphalt business for $70M

A Mississippi company is buying the Mexican asphalt business of an Oklahoma company. SemGroup Corp. of Tulsa, Oklahoma said Monday that it was selling the business to Ergon Inc. of Flowood, Mississippi, for an estimated $70 million. The business includes 14 asphalt terminals and two laboratories. Privately-held Ergon owns refineries in Mississippi and West Virginia and also has other mostly ...

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Jackson promoted to EVP for Economic Development at ADP

Todd Jackson has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Economic Development, Area Development Partnership (ADP) in Greater Hattiesburg. Jackson joined the ADP in September 2014 after spending a decade working in manufacturing engineering around the nation. Jackson is a graduate of the True South Course in Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic ...

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EMBDC Recognizes December Ambassadors of the Month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently presented its December Ambassadors of the Month awards. Winners are, from left, Lisa Sollie, third place, MSU Meridian; Heather Woodall, second place, MSU Career Center; Casey Hendricks, first place, Community Health Improvement Network, and Ginger Delaney, red ticket drawing winner, The Community Bank. (Courtesy of EMBDC)

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Leadership Mississippi Class of 2017 Graduates at Old Capitol Inn

The Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program recently graduated 50 for the Class of 2017. Leadership Mississippi is the second oldest statewide leadership program in the nation and is conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation. Graduates, alphabetically, are Frankie Adair, Thania Averett, Heather F. Bennett, Jerry Bennett, Vernell Bennett, Ed.D., Christa Rouse Bishop, Caron Blanton, APR, Steven Blaylock, Kent Bloodworth, ...

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