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Firm makes commitment to downtown ‘renaissance’

JACKSON — After almost 150 years of law practice in the Southeast, Phelps, Dunbar, LLC has a history of long-term relationships — for example, the company history notes their role in forming the New Orleans Pacific Railway Company, now a part of Union Pacific, beginning a 124-year relationship with the company. And it looks like when Phelps Dunbar came to ...

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Mississippi industry could pay for climbing natural gas prices

Due to a colder than expected early winter that has increased demand and caused a decline in the amount of natural gas storage in the U.S., natural gas prices have zoomed to a 19-month high. In December prices were averaging around $4 per 1,000 cubic feet of gas. In early January natural gas was trading on the New York Mercantile ...

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Record number of manufacturing plants close in 2002

By December 2002 Mississippi had seen a record 101 manufacturing plants close, taking 10,198 jobs with them. It exceeded the previous year’s record of 73 plants with 9,100 jobs and far outweighed the average for the first 20 years that MMA collected such data-about 42 plants and 4,800 jobs per year. Plants have closed all over the state —from Ackerman ...

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Long-range planning initiative announced — again?

Long-range economic development planning would seem to make perfect sense. Recently the Legislature announced a new effort to develop a 20-year economic development plan designed to link the resources of state universities and communities colleges to economic development. The problem is, the state already has a long-range economic development plan that was adopted in 1987. But there has been little ...

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