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Hundreds of millions being invested at Ingalls Shipbuilding

By BECKY GILLETTE The east bank, which was the original site of Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., founded in 1938, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Recently the parent company of Ingalls, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the state’s largest private employer, announced plans to rebuild the east bank which primarily involves the addition of large, covered manufacturing areas for construction of ...

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New plans for Costco gas pumps closer to plaintiffs?

By JACK WEATHERLY Costco Wholesale has maintained that it would “move forward” with a plan to build a store in Ridgeland since the state Supreme Court ruled in April that the city ordinance that was crafted to accommodate the project was illegal. Now the plan has been revealed, though not in detail. The store would still be built on the ...

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Full-service grocery slated for downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A key piece of the puzzle for revitalizing downtown Jackson is ready to be put in place. A grocery will be installed in the 366,000-square-foot Landmark Center on Capital St. at Lamar St., according to Dyke Nelson, chief operating officer of WN Management of Baton Rouge, which manages and directs the redevelopment of the building. Hattiesburg-based Roberts ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Choice in Mississippi

In my previous column, I emphatically stated that my contrarian view of Mississippi to what the mainstream media often portrays is based on a cognitive choice. Every day people must make choices and these choices carry certain benefits, some of which may be purely financial and others that may be altruistic in nature.  Choices also carry very real costs, some ...

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PRAM recognizes Landscaping Camp campaign

Rosie Vassallo and Jeff McManus recently received the PRAM Award of Excellence, among public relations professionals in Mississippi, for the first annual Landscaping Camp event, which was designed to raise awareness on beautifying yards and showcasing Oxford MS as a preferred retirement destination. Vassallo is the Director of Retirement attraction for the Oxford Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation, while McManus ...

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Airbus workforce in Columbus celebrates adding new helicopters

COLUMBUS – Airbus Helicopters Inc. on Friday celebrated its record as a supplier to the U.S. Army at the company’s Columbus production facility where it manufactures the Army’s UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter. The Army has recently contracted for an additional 51 UH-72As to be produced from 2018 through 2020. Airbus has delivered 423 Lakota aircraft under the Army contract, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Touting economic development is as American as motherhood and apple pie

Economic and community development have seemingly passed motherhood and apple pie as the “American” thing. When was the last time you heard a candidate for public office proclaim his or objection to economic development?  But exactly what is economic development?  Or community development for that matter? The term “economic development” was hardly used before World War II, although the concept has been ...

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Louisiana site chosen for $25M graphite processing facility

VIDALIA, La. — Australian graphite producer Syrah Resources has selected a Louisiana site for a $25 million manufacturing processing facility, creating 25 new direct jobs. The Natchez Democrat reports Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Melbourne-based firm announced the selection of a Vidalia site for a graphite processing facility in a press release Monday. The new jobs will have an average salary ...

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