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UPDATE: Leasing agents say Northpark will undergo $50 million redo

By JACK WEATHERLY The official plans had not been made public, but leasing agents reached out in advance on Tuesday to say Northpark Mall in Ridgeland will undergo a $50 million upgrade. Brooks Corr of Retail Specialists LLC of Birmingham told the Mississippi Business Journal  that work on the 958,000-square foot mall on County Line Road will begin in the first quarter. Najla ...

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Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association a Semi-Finalist for Great American Main Street Award

Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association has been named a Top Ten Semi-Finalist for the Great American Main Street Award. This award is the most prestigious award a Main Street community can receive. Three Main Street communities will be selected as overall winners for this award, which will be announced in March 2018. The award recognizes communities that revitalize their conventional ...

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Mary Ann Moon Receives Honorary Life Member Status from the International Economic Development Council

Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM, Vice President of Economic Development and Marketing for Tice Engineering Inc. recently received Honorary Life Member status from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Honorary Life Member status is conferred upon active and long standing IEDC members for their lifelong commitment to excellence in economic development. Moon is responsible for developing new business opportunities, serving ...

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MCEDA names Joseph Deason as Executive Director

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) Board of Directors recently selected Joseph (Joey) Deason as the organization’s new executive director. Deason assumes the position from Ken Oilschlager who has been serving as Interim Director over the last year. Deason previously spent four years as the Chief Operating Officer at the Golden Triangle Development Link where he was integral in ...

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SMW Manufacturing acquires Caterpillar operations in Lafayette County

SMW Manufacturing is taking over operations at the former Caterpillar facility in Lafayette County. The company plans to invest in excess of $15 million and hire up to 50 employees, comprised of predominantly former Caterpillar employees, by the end of 2018. “I am pleased to welcome SMW to Mississippi and appreciate the company for utilizing the skills of the facility’s ...

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50 Years of Krispy Kreme in Mississippi

By JULIA MILLER For 50 years, the sweet taste of Krispy Kreme doughnuts has infiltrated Mississippi to create warm memories and long-lasting traditions, and the Dorgan family is making sure to celebrate with all their loyal customers. On Saturday, a family-friendly and free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. by Krispy Kreme locations in Columbus, Gulfport, ...

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Mitchell Distributing expands to coast market

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS October marks one year since one of Mississippi’s largest beer distributors acquired Rex Distributing, the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s former Anheuser-Busch distributor, creating Mitchell Beverage Gulf Coast. After the acquisition of Rex, Meridian-based Mitchell grew its presence in the state and brought total counties they serve to 37, including the three coastal counties of Harrison, Hancock and Jackson ...

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