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UK, Canada, Germany and Brazil top list of tourists in Mississippi

By LYNN LOFTON  It may be surprising to learn that 11 percent of  jobs in Mississippi are in the hospitality industry. With 122,850 jobs in tourism, that sector is now the fourth largest private employer in the state. Other impressive numbers include 24.7 million visitors who came to the state and spent $6.7 billion in fiscal year 2019. Mississippi Development ...

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Gov. Bryant flips on trade pact since 2015

By JACK WEATHERLY Gov. Phil Bryant said in a December 2015 interview that he supported the United States joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “I hope it’s approved, and I hope that we’re a strong part of it,” Bryant told the Mississippi Business Journal. Yet Bryant, a staunch supporter of Donald J. Trump, who has since been elected president and “vetoed” America’s ...

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MDA to lead delegation to trade conference

MBJ staff The Mississippi Development Authority will lead business leaders and economic development professionals at the ninth annual Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces Alliance Conference May 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn. “Canada is Mississippi’s top trade partner. Through that partnership, we share strong economic, cultural and social ties,” MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. said in a news release. Grant assistance is available ...

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Gov. Bryant touts benefits of 12-nation free-trade agreement

By JACK WEATHERLY  Gov. Phil Bryant says he hopes that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be approved because he believes it will enhance Mississippi exporting. “I hope it’s approved, and I hope that we’re a strong part of it,” Bryant said in an interview after the annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting program at the Jackson Convention Complex on Dec. ...

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Free-trade pacts have benefited Mississippi greatly

By JACK WEATHERLY  If the next international free-trade agreement matches the performance of two predecessors, Mississippi will be sitting pretty. The North American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico 22 years ago, has been “huge” for Mississippi, said Tracy Diez, executive director of the World Trade Center for Mississippi. However, some states have ...

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Motorized chair maker to open Mississippi factory

PONTOTOC — Pride Mobility Products Corp., a maker of motorized wheelchairs and scooters, announced Wednesday that it will open a factory in northeast Mississippi. Based in Exeter, Pennsylvania, Pride plans to invest $2 million and hire 150 workers at a facility at the former Genesis Furniture factory in Pontotoc, which closed last year. Federal, state and local governments will give ...

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DREAMS AND OYSTERS — Houstons set for August opening of Saltine in Fondren

A husband-and-wife team will see a lifelong dream realized and one of the city of Jackson’s most eclectic areas will add another unique venue in August. Chef Jesse Houston and Rachel Horn Houston are bringing a new oyster bar dubbed Saltine to the historic Duling School building in Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood. Saltine, named for the cracker commonly eaten with oysters, ...

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State to lead delegation to Canadian conference

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi will lead a delegation of business leaders and economic development professionals at the 7th Annual Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces Alliance Conference. The event will be held May 4-6 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. Mississippi businesses, economic developers, local officials and university representatives are invited to join the delegation at the event. The ...

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MDOT's Tagert enjoys promoting all modes of transportation

Before he ran in a special election to fill an unexpired term as Northern District Highway Commissioner, Mike Tagert got a taste of working with transportation issues as president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Economic Development Council. This group that focuses solely on logistics and the transportation component of bringing in new industry made him feel he wanted to be on the ...

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