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Canton-assembled vehicles top customer surveys

Canton — Arnita Tobias and Ralph Williams represent part of what the Nissan manufacturing plant means to Mississippi. Both moved from McComb to Canton to work in the facility and experience the benefits afforded by the large auto maker. They were among other employees on hand to accept leading industry awards from the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Automotive Performance, ...

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Bounds’ plan: decrease dropout rates make school more relevant to careers

Mississippi has one of the highest high school dropout rates in the country. When about 42% of students fail to graduate from high school, there are long-term negative consequences both for the student’s earning capacity and the state economy. Over a lifetime, a high school graduate on average will earn $260,000 more than a dropout. And a college graduate will ...

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Mississippi Entrepreneurial Alliance moving forward

The Mississippi Entrepreneurial Alliance (MEA), unveiled last April at the third-annual Rural Development Conference in Vicksburg to streamline the resources available to entrepreneurs in the Magnolia State, was in its embryonic stage of development when Hurricane Katrina halted its progress. Now thanks to WIRED grant funding by the U.S. Department of Labor, and an awareness boost from a conference in ...

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Neshoba County Fair giving local economy a boost as it has for more than 100 years

Philadelphia — Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty is underway this week bringing an economic boost to Neshoba County and East Central Mississippi. Families and visitors have been gathering at the Neshoba County Fair since 1889 to visit and enjoy the event’s many activities. They bring their dollars with them too, but local businesses begin feeling the impact weeks before the Fair begins. ...

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Businesses returning to Customer Service 101

It’s no longer uncommon to walk into a convenience store to pay for gas and other items and never hear a word — or a thank you — from the cashier. It’s also surprisingly common to find cashiers in retail stores chatting non-stop on a cell phone or watching TV, seemingly oblivious to customers. And that’s when you can find ...

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State Fire Rebate Insurance disbursement hits all-time high

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi insurance industry and the clients it serves needed some good news. And, they got it in June when the Mississippi Department of Insurance (DOI) announced that there would be a record disbursement of State Fire Rebate Insurance funds to the state’s cities and counties totaling approximately $14.41 million. Total annual disbursement over ...

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Quake

The Great Flood of 1927. Hurricane Camille in 1969. Then Hurricane Katrina in 2005. What could be next? These three major natural disasters that hit Mississippi and caused considerable destruction and loss of property may pale in comparison to what could happen when another natural disaster strikes the northwestern part of Mississippi. It’s not a matter of if but when ...

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Ardillo, McCullough, Taggart team for economic development

Just days after announcing the formation of their business development and executive counsel firm, newly connected partners Nick Ardillo, Glenn McCullough Jr. and Andy Taggart were traversing the U.S. seeking “signature” projects to add to their executive management team portfolio. SeverCorr, one of the largest economic development projects in North America in 2005 when founder John Correnti announced plans to ...

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