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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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Ultra-speed Internet could fast-track South Miss. economy

BILOXI — The idea of ultra-fast broadband Internet service as an economic driver started with Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and is rapidly spreading across South Mississippi. Biloxi City Attorney Gerald Blessey said Tuesday that Coast mayors will meet soon to discuss the idea of creating a Mississippi Gulf Coast Fiber Ring that would provide Internet access to every home, ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Can innovation in Mississippi be a national model?

In my last column I showed that Mississippi has vast untapped potential for innovation, mainly because of our human asset.  Based on research first published in 1962 in the book Diffusion of Innovations we have we have the potential to build an army of roughly 74,000 innovators.  While statistically, this number represents just 2.5 percent of our population, these individuals ...

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TODD SMITH — Benefits of building relationships with twitter influencers

Do you notice who is sharing, replying to and engaging with your tweets the most? Or the people you’re connected to within your industry, which have huge followings that can’t wait to hear the latest? Twitter can be a great tool for influencer marketing – building relationships with influential, targeted individuals or brands. Here are five reasons why you should ...

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Elation Media says it has passed two milestones

By JACK WEATHERLY  Elation Media, parent of Internet TV startup OTV, has passed two milestones in its efforts to establish a holistic Internet network since founder Bob Schnitzer announced in late April his intention to create the Jackson-based enterprise. In mid-June it closed out its $150,000 seed funding round with an equity buy-in by a Kansas businessman, Paul Mai, founder ...

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Oxford software maker to hire 60 customer service workers

OXFORD — A software company is hiring 60 people as part of an expansion. Next Gear Solutions, based in Oxford, is expanding to about 125 employees, it announced Tuesday. The company, which makes software that helps companies manage renovation and restoration projects, is hiring new customer service workers. The company plans to invest $59,000. The Mississippi Development Authority is contributing ...

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