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BCI, Chamber and WLBT make Business After Hours best yet

While the 2008 Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO was serious business, exhibitors and attendees still found time to take off the heels, loosen the tie and enjoy some music and fabulous food during Business After Hours. “Who said business can’t be fun?” asks Kathy Arich, advertising director at the Mississippi Business Journal. “Everybody knows the golf course can be an ...

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Gulfport deciding post-Katrina design fate of city-owned land

Given an unfortunate opportunity to rebuild by Hurricane Katrina, the City of Gulfport is making the best of the storm’s devastation. The design and planning effort is led by internationally-known architect and planner Andres Duany and will conclude with comprehensive conceptual plans for several city-owned properties. Chief among those properties is the 92-acre, beachfront land that was formerly the Gulfport ...

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Tight budgets could limit economic development

Gov. Haley Barbour’s State of the State address January 21 outlined his intent to install a tax cut before he leaves office and highlighted the record employment level the state has achieved. And with new businesses like the Toyota Plant near Tupelo and SeverCorr’s steel plant in Columbus, there is reason for optimism. But his message about economic development for ...

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Business community watching, waiting as judicial bribery probe widens

By CLAY CHANDLER MBJ Staff Writer clay.chandler@msbusiness.com In two months, Mississippi’s still-unfolding judicial bribery case has brought to life a sequence of events that previously would have been reserved for the active imagination of a novelist or the aggressive paranoia of a conspiracy theorist. Six men, including one of the wealthiest and most politically powerful plaintiff’s attorneys in U.S. history, ...

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Coast focused on race to replace Trent Lott in U.S. Senate

The election to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Sen. Trent Lott is important to all Mississippians but especially cogent to South Mississippians where storm recovery and rebuilding are happening slowly and insurance issues remain unresolved. Roger Wicker, who was sworn in as Lott’s replacement January 22, is running for a full-term and faces former U.S. Rep. Ronnie Shows and ...

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Gaming revenues hit all-time high

After Hurricane Katrina came ashore in 2005 and blasted the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the state adopted a plan to get the area’s casinos back up and running. The employment and tourism dollars would help offset the widespread loss of jobs and help fuel rebirth of the economy, proponents argued. While that plan has its detractors, one fact is undeniable — ...

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