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REAL JOBS, VIRTUALLY — Academy introduces students to possibilities in fast-growing industry

By BECKY GILLETTE There are industry forecasts that the Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) industry will grow from what was a $16 billion industry in 2016 to a $100-plus billion industry by 2021. The VR Academy based in Clarksdale has been created to provide young people in Mississippi both access and opportunity to the growing industry of VR ...

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Waterton development to add $400 million ‘new urban’ community to Flowood

By JACK WEATHERLY Flowood will get a “traditional Southern town” dropped into its midst when the $400 million, 240-acre Waterton is built. Southern Lifestyle Development of Lafayette, La., will commence work on the 50-acre first phase (not including a 20-acre lake), in the summer, according to Kevin Blanchard, chief operating officer. Completion of that phase, with about 150 homes of ...

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New CEO Segarra says his priority is to understand the culture and inner workings of the Gulf Coast

By JULIA MILLER Mississippi’s beaches have long attracted tourists to the area, but with a new face at the helm of the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, the tourism office is looking to grow its reach. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers an incredibly vast array of things to see and do,” said Milton Segarra, the new CEO of Visit Mississippi Gulf ...

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