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TECH 21 — Mississippi’s most wanted in technology for 2015

When examining Mississippi’s contributions to the technology world, there are tech veterans whose works are still being felt, and there are young minds who are bringing new ideas. The Tech 21 is the Mississippi Business Journal’s take on some of the top contributors to technology in Mississippi and the world. Cameron Arcemont, Owner Arc Technologies Arc Technologies was formed in 2004 ...

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It’s not ‘if’ a business has a cybersecurity breach, but more likely ‘when’ it will happen

By LYNN LOFTON  Cyber security is on the minds of business and professional people as issues and threats increase. No sector is immune from these issues. Alisa Chestler, shareholder and chair of the privacy and information security team for the Baker Donelson law firm, says cyber concerns can not be ignored by any type of business. “It affects all businesses,” ...

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Baldwyn plant to add 60 jobs

Associated Press Foam-maker FXI says it will invest $700,000 to expand is Baldwyn factory, adding at least 60 employees to the current 60. The company, based in Media, Pa., said Monday it has won new health-care business and will add automated equipment to  increase production. The Mississippi Development Authority contributed a $35,000 grant to help expand FXI’s storage and staging area, ...

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PSC grants Mississippi Power interim rate hike

Associated Press State utility regulators agreed Thursday that Mississippi Power Co. needs more money immediately, granting the company an 18 percent rate increase that, while temporary for now, could become permanent by December. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to allow the utility to raise rates starting with bills beginning Aug. 20. A residential customer who uses 1,000 ...

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Windstream expands broadband in Mississippi

JACKSON — Windstream Communications Inc. is getting $917,403 to expand and support broadband to about 5,520 of its rural customers in Mississippi. The money from the Connect America Fund will allow Windstream to deliver broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps uploads to 2,760 rural homes and businesses in Mississippi where the cost of ...

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8 cities, including Jackson, cited in data program from ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg

NEW YORK — Jackson, Mississippi, and Mesa, Arizona, aim to make troves of data about city operations available online for the first time. Tulsa, Oklahoma, plans to make its data releases more useful for the public. Seattle wants to use contract data to help ensure vendors deliver on their promises. They’re among the first eight winners, announced Wednesday, in a ...

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Suit to block silicon plant in northeast Miss. dismissed

Jack Weatherly Mississippi Silicon LLC has some breathing room as a suit seeking to stop the construction of the plant at Burnsville in Tishomingo County was dismissed. U.S. District Court Judge Debra M. Brown ruled on Thursday that the Northern Mississippi court did not have jurisdiction, and the motion by Globe Specialty Metallurgical, a Selma, Ala.,-based competitor, for a preliminary ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Is innovation contagious?

W hen we hear the word contagious, we often think in terms of a disease and how quickly it may spread among the population and whether it could eventually reach epidemic proportions.  The spread of any disease is not a desired outcome, but it usually occurs by direct or indirect contact form one person to another.  The good news is ...

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Nissan Canton: A driving force for Mississippi’s economy

By ALAN TURNER Recently, the Mississippi Business Journal had the opportunity to tour Nissan’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Canton, and spend some time talking with Steve Marsh, the new Vice President and Plant Manager. Seeing the plant in full operation is an incredible experience.  Nissan conducts tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and they’re pleased to welcome folks of all ages.  ...

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