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MEDC Winter Conference ‘tremendous success,’ Freeland says

At the 2007 winter conference of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), held in at the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center in Jackson February 7-9, there wasn’t much buzz about the secret site of the new Toyota auto assembly plant, which would later that month be announced in Northeast Mississippi. But anticipation of great things to come for Mississippi was ...

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New law firm up and running in Flowood, taking team approach

It may not seem that the U.S. Marine Corps and a law firm have anything in common. But, there is a new law firm in the Jackson metro area that is espousing the Corps’ values of honor, courage and commitment. Deaton & Guthrie, P.A,. opened its professional offices March 1 and is located directly behind the Flowood City Hall and ...

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Cellular South opens Technical Operations Center

Just last month, the State of Mississippi awarded its cellular contract to Cellular South, making the telecommunications company the designated cellular service provider for the state’s agencies and institutions. One of the contract’s critical requirements: reliability. Cellular South answered that demand — for all of its customers — with the company’s new Technical Operations Center. Cellular South officially opened the ...

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North Mississippi communities in gear for Toyota

Calhoun County is in the market for an economic developer. Officials there have known for months they needed someone to work at recruiting industry to the area in northeastern Mississippi. But filling the position has reached a new urgency. Announcement of a major international automaker’s decision to locate an assembly plant within a few minutes’ drive of the county has ...

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Bipartisan support seals deal with incentives package

In an increasingly rare show of bipartisan unity, state lawmakers passed a comprehensive $323.9-million incentive package for Toyota during a March 2 special session in Jackson called by Gov. Haley Barbour. To seal the deal to land the $1.3-billion Toyota auto assembly plant at the Wellspring site near Blue Springs in Northeast Mississippi, Senate Bill 3215 was passed at 9:43 ...

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Yes, that's a moving billboard in the lane beside you

Advertising has taken to the streets around metro Jackson. It’s Admobile, and owner Paul Taucher says drivers are doing double takes when they see his trucks with their rotating ads cruising along beside them in traffic. “Some of the reactions are ‘Hey, look at that, isn’t that neat’, and ‘What a cleaver idea’,” he said. “It’s the only official form ...

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‘Arcane tax law' in state could be on the way out

What has been described as an “arcane tax law” that has prevented Mississippi from getting much in the way of investments from out of state for Section 1031 real estate exchanges could be on its way out. The Mississippi House of Representatives has unanimously passed a tax law change that will put Mississippi in line with federal government guidelines regarding ...

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Platt, Financial Works tailor benefits to clients' needs

Wesley Platt has a personal goal to become a lifetime planning resource for his clients. His firm, Financial Works, LLC, in Columbus provides employee benefits and a long list of products and services for employers of all sizes. “The fundamentals that really drive us are concern and compassion for our fellow man,” he says. “We’re here to help people. We ...

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