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Demolition moves forward to make way for Fondren hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY The dust is rising with on the demolition of property on the two-acre site for a 125-guestroom Homewood Suites. Of particular interest was the so-called Fondren House, which dated to the early 20th century. While “contributing” to the history of the Fondren Downtown Business District, it was not protected by historical status from being moved or razed. ...

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Florida water bottler buys Mississippi plant, adds workers

A Florida water bottler is expanding after buying a Mississippi operation in February. Silver Springs Bottled Water Co. of Ocala, Florida, said Thursday that it’s adding 15 workers to 29 now employed at RealPure Bottling Co. in Magee, Mississippi. The company is spending $19.75 million to buy and renovate the former Shooting Star Beverages. RealPure draws water from McNair Springs ...

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Metro economic growth in Mississippi lags the nation in 2016

Economic growth in Mississippi’s three metropolitan areas lagged the national average in 2016. Numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Commerce Department show the economy shrank slightly in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metro area, while it was flat in metro Jackson and grew in Hattiesburg. The Mississippi Gulf Coast economy shrank 0.5 percent, 295th of 382 metro areas. Driving declines were professional business services, ...

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Baptist to bring 250 jobs to downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Baptist Memorial Health Care will move 250 jobs to downtown Jackson, the hospital announced Thursday. Sixty of those jobs will be new and all of them will comprise the hospital system’s business operations center. Baptist will lease four floors, 41,000 square feet, of the Regions Plaza building at 210 E. Capitol St. “This new office will centralize the ...

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Helping hand for Mississippi’s trade groups

By JULIA MILLER Trade associations are dedicated to helping its members grow and thrive in an ever shifting environment. But what happens when those same trade associations are searching for help? Businesses like Horizon Professional Services and JM Hughes Group are ready to step in and lighten the load. “We provide holistic executive management,” said Ryan Kelly, CEO of Horizon ...

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BRINGING BILOXI BACK — City leaders hope their proposed 5-year plan will revitalize downtown area

By JULIA MILLER For more than 50 years, downtown Biloxi has been facing a decline. Led by Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, the city has partnered with the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District to reverse that path with the hope that a revitalization of downtown will lead to economic growth for the area. “The goals, incentives, tasks and projects ...

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