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VA construction contracts are let

BILOXI — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced six contracts have been awarded worth $153.7 million to build new healthcare facilities and expand existing services that provide care to veterans in the Biloxi area. The projects, which include an addition to the medical center, new mental health facility, blind rehabilitation center, extended-care facility, parking garage and utility upgrades, ...

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Band of Choctaw Indians form CCG

CHOCTAW — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) recently enacted an ordinance to establish its newest venture, Choctaw Construction Group Incorporated (CCG). The creation of the new business endeavor allows CCG to serve as the parent holding company for construction operations with three subsidiary companies currently in operation – IKBI Inc., Choctaw Electrical Inc. (CE) and Choctaw Design and ...

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Housing, Urban Development OKs CDBG-R

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the State of Mississippi’s plan to administer the Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) Program, which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Approximately $8 million has been allocated to the state to implement the program. “The Community Development Block Grant-Recovery Program will promote ...

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EastGroup buys three facilities for $6.675 million

JACKSON — EastGroup Properties has acquired three business distribution buildings containing 227,000 square feet in Dallas for a combined purchase price of $6.675 million. The buildings, which will be renamed Interstate Distribution Center V, VI and VII, are located in the city’s close-in northwest submarket along the Stemmons Freeway. They were constructed in 1979-81 and are presently 87 percent occupied ...

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Federal contract awards hit all-time high

WASHINGTON — Small businesses won a record $93.3 billion in federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2008 (Oct. 1, 2007-Sept. 30, 2008), an increase of almost $10 billion from 2007, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) third-annual small business procurement scorecard. In addition, small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses increased their share of federal contracting ...

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Toyota road opening today

BLUE SPRINGS — The Blue Springs Toyota plant Frontage Road, which runs from Union County Road 203 to SR 9 near Sherman, known as Magnolia Way, will open to traffic today, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). MDOT is also advised motorists of the installation of a new traffic signal on SR 9. The new signal is located ...

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Security Credit teams with Rudy

OXFORD — Security Credit Services has partnered with Rudy Ruettiger, the former Notre Dame football who was featured in the movie “Rudy,” aimed at helping those in tough financial circumstances. A dinner and speech was held earlier this month in Oxford at the Oxford University Club and in Atlanta at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Each night was limited to ...

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USM's tourism program forms board

HATTIESBURG — One of Dr. Catherine Price’s first objectives as new department chair of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) was to form an advisory board. That goal became a reality when the inaugural meeting of the CHTM Advisory Board was held recently at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. “We have ...

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HEAVY METAL

Metal roofs many advantages now have one more: energy tax credits   Metal roofs can last up to 50 years, are safer in storms and are more energy efficient than asphalt shingle roofs. And now with federal energy tax credits possible to cover about a third of the cost of the metal roof materials up to $1,500, metal roofs are ...

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Housing surge

Coast housing expected to surpass pre-Katrina levels by 2011   After Hurricane Katrina, former Biloxi Mayor Gerald Blessey said the unprecedented damage meant that nothing short of a government program similar to the Marshall Plan instituted to help Europe recover from World War II would be necessary to help the region recover. “The fundamental question is this:  Will the normal ...

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