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New Gulfport-Biloxi Airport director has varied governmental experience

There’s a new executive director leading the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. On May 23, Clay Williams of Ocean Springs took the reins of the state’s second busiest airport. With a passenger count of 800,000 in 2011, Gulfport-Biloxi falls just under the Jackson-Evers International Airport in Jackson. Williams, 38, brings a background of government service to the job, including government relations representative ...

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Legislation enabling rail authorities advances

Two bills remain alive that would amend the definition of a railroad to include railroad authorities for the purpose of making them eligible to receive money from the state-controlled Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Fund. House Bill 919 cleared the House March 16 and was referred to the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, where it sat last week. Senate Bill 2829 cleared ...

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Tagert brings strong background in public policy and waterways to Transportation Commission

The newest and youngest member of the Mississippi Transportation Commission, Northern District Commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville has been on a unique learning curve since he joined commission after winning a special election in early February. “There are a lot of projects on the table, and I inherited a budget in mid process,” said Tagert. “I am simply trying to ...

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Industry is rebounding

Want to know how the economy is going? Check out what is happening in the trucking industry, which represents about 68 percent of manufactured and retail goods transported in the U.S. each year at a cost of about $544 billion. Trucking has been one of the hardest hit sectors during the recession, dropping 20.3 percent in 2009, according to a ...

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Stimulus spending for highways has kept 15,000 employed

In the past year, Mississippi has seen an injection of about $300 million in federal stimulus spending from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which nearly doubled the amount the state normally receives for highway repairs and construction through the U.S. Department of Transportation. “When our usual federal funds are $400 million a year, you can see how significant this ...

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