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State’s creative economy employs 64,000 people

Officials looking to add to sector Although creativity has abounded in Mississippi as long as anyone can remember, the concept of treating that creative force as part of the state’s economic development has been around only a few years. Discussions began in 2009 between the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission. The two state agencies partnered for a ...

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The Way, Way Back promises to be great movie

Here is the trailer for the new movie The Way, Way Back, which has Mississippi ties. The film’s plot synopsis, courtesy of Apple: THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin). Having ...

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Mississippi/Louisiana tourism summit to showcase creative economy

NATCHEZ — Officials say the Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit next month will showcase cultural arts as magnets for attractive visitors. The sixth-annual summit, focusing on tourism in Louisiana and Mississippi, will be held in Natchez Aug. 7-9. Topics will include the film industry, entrepreneurship, culinary arts and marketing and public relations. Rachael Carter, project manager for the Stennis Institute of ...

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MDA division launches new asset-mapping site

JACKSON — The Asset Development Division of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has launched an interactive website, assetmap.mississippi.org, to showcase unique assets found in communities throughout Mississippi. The website pinpoints historic sites, unique businesses, tourist attractions and natural resources found in communities that have undergone MDA’s asset mapping process. The website also highlights markers found along the state’s Blues Trail, ...

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Study: Ballet competition brought $10.2M into Capital City

JACKSON — The USA International Ballet Competition’s economic impact leaped into double-digit millions for the first time when it was last in Jackson, with the event’s $10.2 million impact on the state, a recently released study shows. Compiled by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development, the numbers offer an “apples to apples” comparison with figures ...

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House committee passes bill aimed at improving filmmaking incentives

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are hoping to raise the caps on the state’s rebate incentives for film production. A bill that would make the change passed the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday and moved to the full House for consideration. The state’s current film incentives apply to feature films, narrative and documentary shorts, commercials and certain types of video ...

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Major motion picture to be shot in Oxford, first in over a decade

OXFORD — While Oxford has been the backdrop for many independent films over the last few years, it hasn’t played host to a major motion picture in well over a decade. However, that changes in February when the cast and crew for the upcoming film, “Admissions,” begins filming on the University of Mississippi campus and around Oxford. Mary-Katherine Herrington, tourism ...

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Creative economy hitting the road

For those who missed last August’s pioneering Creative Economy Summit in Jackson, there is good news. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) are bringing the show on the road. Beginning tomorrow, the MDA and MAC will host five Creative Economy Road Show events in regions throughout the state. From Mississippi’s artists, artisans, writers, architects and designers, ...

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New study touts Mississippi’s potential

The “creative economy” includes individuals such as artists, architects, chefs and professors, creative industries such as Peavey Electronics, Viking Range Corp., The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Ramey Agency and creative communities including Oxford, Clarksdale, Ocean Springs and Rolling Fork. The recent Mississippi Creative Economy study concludes that this segment represents approximately 61,000 jobs and just over three percent of the ...

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Business leaders’ Blueprint 2011 puts priority on Creative Economy effort

Mississippi’s strengthened economic development position has equipped it to become a player in the “Creative Economy,” a pursuit that involves fostering the creation and expansion of knowledge-based business that range from high-tech to film making to capitalizing on the Magnolia State’s cultural and historic heritage. So says the Blueprint Mississippi 2011 in a list of recommendations and goals issued this ...

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