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PHIL HARDWICK: Keep colleagues involved and part of the process

“Did you get the memo?”“Which memo?”“The one about the new policy?”“What policy?”New policies or procedures are often implemented and announced with just an email memo to employees. That’s fine when the policy is a relatively minor one such as changing the hours of a particular department or introducing a new form. However, some new policies require more employee involvement and employee buy-in before ...

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Mississippi gets grant to improve Port of Gulfport access

The Mississippi State Port Authority is receiving a $15.8 million federal grant to improve highway access to the Port of Gulfport. Members of the state’s congressional delegation announced the grant Tuesday. The port authority will have to provide $3.94 million to go with the federal money. The federal and state money will be used for road and safety infrastructure improvements ...

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EXIT INTERVIEW — McCullough’s tenure at MDA marked by record economic growth

By BECKY GILLETTE The five years Glenn McCullough, Jr., served as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) were marked by some of the best economic growth in the state’s history. McCullough, who retired to the private sector at the end of January, credits the success to teamwork. “When I arrived at MDA in 2015, we focused on optimizing ...

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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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Northrop Grumman expanding, adding 40 jobs in Iuka

Aerospace and defense leader Northrop Grumman Corp. is expanding in Iuka, investing $8.3 million and creating 40 jobs immediately. Northrop Grumman has more than 200 employees at its 320,000-square-foot Iuka facility producing large composite aerospace structures for its Antares, Pegasus and Minotaur launch vehicles and United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. Among other work, the company ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — What is the purpose of business

Last summer, The Business Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of CEO’s of major businesses, redefined its Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation to include stakeholders in addition to shareholders. The action has produced much discussion about the primary role of the corporation. To put it another way: What responsibility does business have to society? Nobel prize recipient Milton Friedman and ...

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Biloxi gets more time on grant to renovate downtown theater

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting more time to repair and renovate a downtown theater that hosts musicals and other productions. Biloxi’s Saenger Theatre is temporarily closed for the $2.3 million project. A grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History required that the work be done by the end of this year, WLOX-TV reported. The department has ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Ranking the professions

Each year the Gallup organization surveys Americans to determine how they feel about certain professions. The December 2018 survey revealed that nurses rated highest for honesty and ethics for 17th consecutive year. Members of Congress and telemarketers rated lowest. Below are the rankings for each profession. Respondents in the survey were asked the following question: Please tell me how you ...

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Clay Short: Steady commercial development activity ongoing in Northeast Mississippi

By: DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal There is still steady development activity in the major, yet small, markets in Northeast Mississippi. Tupelo is getting a West Tupelo grocery store, we’re told, finally. The Community Development Foundation is pioneering The Hive, which is purported to be a “next generation” business park to which they are recruiting advanced tech firms, among others. ...

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