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Ben Allen to retire from Downtown Jackson Partners

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com After 11 years as president of Downtown Jackson Partners, Ben Allen will retire on Sept. 30, leaving behind a record of major development in Mississippi’s largest central business district. “Ben’s commitment to the success of Downtown Jackson cannot be overstated,” Steve Davis, chairman of the DJP board of directors, said in a release. “His leadership has ...

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Wise Carter hosts “Focus on Jackson” series

Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.  is hosting a series of events titled, “Focus on Jackson”.  The series includes relevant topics of interest for Jackson and focuses on education and community outreach. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba spoke at the first event on his vision for the City of Jackson. More than 100 people attended the event on Feb. 15 at ...

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Ben Allen back at DJP but agency’s course unclear

Ben Allen returned to running Downtown Jackson Partners Monday, but whether he stays on the job as he fights charges he stole and embezzled money from the agency is uncertain. For now, Allen is calling the shots at the quasi-public entity responsible for administering downtown Jackson’s Business Improvement District and promoting downtown as a work, live and play destination. “No ...

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Indictment: Downtown Jackson leader stole and misused money

An indictment says the head of a downtown Jackson development group misused money in an investigation that has also led to two high-ranking employees of the Mississippi Audit Department being charged with hindering prosecution. Ben Allen, executive director of Downtown Jackson Partners, was charged with stealing nearly $55,000 of the nonprofit group’s money and misusing another $190,000 in a 10-count ...

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The wait continues for Edison Walthall hotel buyer

Hopes for injecting more life into downtown Jackson’s Capitol Street through a renovation and possible conversion of the vacant Edison-Walthall sustained a setback when the hotel did not get an acceptable bid at auction. For now, the circa 1927 lodging landmark will remain with the Landmark Center office building a block away as once-major properties on downtown’s main thoroughfare awaiting ...

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