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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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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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Downtown Jackson Partners yet to decide operational control as Allen fights charges

By TED CARTER The governing board of Downtown Jackson Partners has not decided how the agency will be run as DJP President Ben Allen  fights an indictment on multiple counts of theft and embezzlement. Nor has DJP’s policy board decided whether the agency will cover Allen’s legal fees, though it has pledged to “vigorously fight” to clear Allen. “We have ...

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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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Jackson CBD promoters cheer Forman Watkins’ move to Regions Plaza

By TED CARTER Regions Plaza’s future, as well as its bottom line, became considerably brighter with Tuesday’s announcement that law firm Forman Watkins & Krutz will occupy the upper four floors of the 22-story tower in downtown Jackson. The 29-year-old firm’s move from downtown’s City Centre into the 55,000 square foot space should be completed by late May or early June, ...

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Senate bills call for moving dozens of state offices to Capitol area

Downtown Jackson would see hundreds of new workers and a whittling of its office space vacancies through proposals from Senate Public Property Committee Chairman David Blount to consolidate more state agencies into space available in the Jackson Capitol Complex. In support of a pair of bills he has introduced, Blount produced an analysis from Millsaps College’s Else School of Management ...

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