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Incentives could lead to more call centers for Mississippi

Jobs in manufacturing and shipbuilding have shrunk considerably in Jackson County in the past year. But a Cingular Wireless call center in Ocean Springs has helped pick up the slack, employing 770 at the facility that reaches its first anniversary August 20. “Incoming call centers are a great way to put more diversity in the local economy,” said George Freeland, ...

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Big gamble for the Coast leads to Cinderella-like success

The Mississippi Gulf Coast waterfront that exists today could have been little imagined a decade ago. As the Coast celebrates the 10th anniversary of dockside gaming this month, what has been called “the Las Vegas of the South” has replaced many of old seafood factories and rundown warehouses that used to detract from the tourism atmosphere the Coast wanted to ...

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Surprises among list of fastest-growing jobs

Is your business looking for a special ed teacher, a construction manager or a graphic designer? Chances are, you’ll have a wide selection of candidates to choose from, and most of them will be Mississippi educated. The U.S. Department of Labor recently released Mississippi’s fastest-growing occupations that require a bachelor’s degree, and there were a few surprises in the list. ...

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Reeves and Williams slow it down as company picks up pace

SOUTHAVEN — Mississippi’s top homebuilders are slowing down, but the business they founded 35 years ago is doing just the opposite — picking up the pace at a phenomenal speed. Reeves Williams Builders, which has dominated the state’s homebuilding business for the past several years, has already closed over 300 houses this year with a goal of 750 by year’s ...

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Companies see range of results

Mississippi’s public companies have been much in the news, both nationally and locally. WorldCom’s troubles make new headlines every day — but Mississippi’s presence on the major exchanges doesn’t begin and end with WorldCom. Mississippi is headquarters for companies in all major sectors of the US economy — from agribusiness to banking to casino gaming. Has the fallout from WorldCom’s ...

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State offers funding to facilities hoping to score conventions

Transportation from the airport, sponsoring a reception — sometimes it’s the little things that mean the difference between landing a lucrative conference and losing that meeting to a neighboring state. Facilities and hotels will have an extra edge to lure more meetings and conventions to their properties with a new incentive program recently unveiled by the state tourism division. The ...

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