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MCEDA welcomes new board members

The Madison County Board of Supervisors have appointed two new board members to the Madison County Economic Development Authority Board. Gerard Gibert was appointed to the at-large position, and Tracy Bailey was appointed to the District 3 slot. “We are delighted to welcome Gerard and Tracy to the MCEDA Board of Directors,” said Joseph P. Deason, Executive Director of MCEDA. ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding lands major contracts to continue being a state economic driver

By BECKY GILLETTE PASCAGOULA—It has been a banner year for the state’s largest private employer, the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. In September Ingalls was awarded a $5.1 billion fixed-price incentive, multiyear procurement contract for construction of six Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Flight III destroyers for the U.S. Navy. That is in addition to a $1.43 billion contract ...

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Angela Curry creating opportunities for people in her home in the Mississippi Delta

By NASH NUNNERY Fresh out of Mississippi Valley State University with diploma in hand, Angela Curry began the daunting search for a job. Curry, who grew up in tiny Teoc, Mississippi, applied at a Grenada temp agency and eventually received an offer to be an administration assistant with the Greenwood-Leflore County Industrial Board. She’s never left. Twenty-eight years later, Curry ...

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Police, fire wear maker moving from Oxford to Batesville, adding 150 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Blauer Manufacturing, which makes uniforms and protective wear for police officers and firefighters, will expand its operations in north Mississippi in a $2.4 million corporate investment and creation of 150 jobs over three years.  Located in Lafayette County, Blauer is moving to the former Batesville Casket Company plant in Batesville. The company, which employs about 150 workers ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — 11 things I’ve learned about economic development

During my still active career in economic and community development, I’ve learned quite a few things. Some, but not all, are listed below. These are just the first ones that came to mind. Economic development is all about jobs. Even though the textbook definition of the term is, “… the process of increasing the economic wealth of a community,” almost ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Uplifting Jackson forum hints at rural gloom

Growing economic trends bode ill for rural America. “We are witnessing a growing economic and political divide between urban and rural America,” wrote Axios last week, pointing to some significant data. “Roughly half of all U.S. zip codes still have lower total employment than they did in 2007….Rural Americans have far fewer hospitals, workout facilities, and health specialists….Big employers and ...

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Trump club is in tax break zone, but is unlikely to benefit as Mississippi hotels watch

President Donald Trump’s company owns a golf club in an Opportunity Zone offering developers massive tax breaks, but experts say it is unlikely it could take advantage of them. The Trump National Golf Club outside Philadelphia is in one of the nation’s nearly 9,000 high-poverty areas offering the breaks to spur investment, create jobs and lift incomes. But the federal ...

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Ridgeland defends Costco gas station site approval

By JACK WEATHERLY The city of Ridgeland has denied major points in a court filing against its June 19 approval of a site for a gas station across Highland Colony Parkway from a 45-acre site that would include a proposed Costco Wholesale store. The case in Madison County Circuit Court comes after opponents of the so-called third phase of the ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN: The Green Rush — Hemp may be the savior for Mississippi agriculture

The struggles of the Mississippi Delta and Mississippi farmers are well documented. But relief may be on the horizon if the State of Mississippi is willing and able to build the infrastructure necessary to capture its share of an agricultural market that is expected to increase from $820 million this year to $22 billion in 2022.  Yes, you read that ...

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