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Officials hope to attract more visitors, extend their stays with program reboot

By LISA MONTI The state’s six coastal counties were designated as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Natural Heritage Area in 2004 to attract visitors and encourage economic growth by promoting the region’s history, culture and natural resources. Recently, officials announced the reboot of the program’s marketing efforts by un-veiling a new website, logo and video to attract more visitors and extend their ...

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CYBER HACK — Market for specialty cyber insurance expanding, but there’s much to learn

By LISA MONTI  Protecting personal and business data from cyber attacks is unsettling for a lot of reasons, not the least of which are the constantly changing cyber threats and ways to respond to data breaches. Little surprise, then, that in October – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – the  National Association of Insurance Commissioners announced it is ramping up its ...

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Marine research center to break ground in Port of Gulfport

Officials say a groundbreaking ceremony will be held for a new marine research center in the Port of Gulfport. The Sun Herald reports the ceremony for the Port of Gulfport Marine Research Center will take place Monday. The center will have several elements of the University of Southern Mississippi’s new School of Ocean Science and Technology. USM chair and professor ...

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Health systems in New Orleans, McComb, announce partnership

A New Orleans-based health system and one based in southwest Mississippi have announced a new partnership. A news release from Ochsner (OX-ner) Health System and McComb-based Southwest Health System says the partnership is patient-centered, and each system will keep its own assets and employees. Southwest board president Renan Richmond says that even before the partnership was announced, more than 100 ...

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Coming full circle in Livingston?

By JACK WEATHERLY  This Town of Livingston dates to 2014. That was about 190 years after the original  Livingston was created and long after it disappeared. Now, its eighth and ninth buildings are under construction. A Sal & Mookie’s will open in the upscale development at the intersection of Highways 463 and 22 in the rolling hills of Madison County. ...

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MDEQ panel upholds ruling on water permit for Costco site

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s permit board on Tuesday unanimously upheld its earlier ruling on a water permit it issued for the expansion of the Renaissance at Colony Park. The vote moved the expansion with a hotly contested planned Costco Wholesale store toward becoming a reality. Plaintiffs in a suit against the city of Ridgeland are ...

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Mississippi: Electric car maker makes overdue loan payment

Mississippi officials say an electric car maker has made an overdue payment on its state loan. Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Development Authority, said Wednesday GreenTech Automotive made a $150,000 payment this week. The state extended until Monday the deadline for the first payment on a $3 million state loan, originally due June 30. The loan agreement calls ...

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Lyons named CEO of Mississippi Gulf Coast chamber

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has announced Adele Lyons the next Chief Executive Officer. Prior to accepting this position, Lyons served as the Director of Development and Communication for Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 2010. Her experience with overseeing fundraising and grant writing efforts, donor relations, volunteer management, speaking experience, and marketing and ...

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Smith Park renovation begins with cutting of trees

By JACK WEATHERLY A number of trees, some diseased some dead, were removed over the weekend as the start of $2.5 million plan to renovate Smith Park in downtown Jackson. The park in recent years has become an oasis with problems. It is a home base for the homeless, whose presence day and night discourages use of it by the general ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State economy struggles to hit half the national growth rate

State economists lower forecast for remainder of year,” read the Mississippi Business Journal headline on October 27th. “Mississippi’s state economists have pulled back on an already-weak economic forecast for the rest of 2016, projecting that the state’s economy will grow only 1.5 percent instead of the 1.6 percent previously predicted,” said the story.   “U.S. economy roars back, grew at ...

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