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Tupelo/Lee County ranked top 5 micropolitan again

TUPELO • For the 10th time since 2005, the Tupelo region has been recognized for its economic and business activity by a leading publication. The area was named by Site Selection magazine’s list of most active micropolitan areas for new and expanding industries in 2018. Tupelo ranked fifth in the nation among the 575-micropolitan areas designated by the U.S. Census ...

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Fertilizer maker invests $20 million in Mississippi, hire 20

A liquid fertilizer manufacturer says it will invest $20 million to expand its Mississippi plant and hire 20 new employees over the next two to three years. Vicksburg Plant Food says it has won a new contract and is responding to increased customer demand. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the state is providing $100,000 to the company for ...

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Developers propose upscale lodge, conference center for Franklin County

A public-private consortium on Friday announced a proposal for a 200-room lodge, 1,000-person conference center and related amenities on 150 acres in the Homochitto National Forest near Lake Okhissa in southwest Mississippi. The land purchase was authorized following Congress’ passage of the farm bill last month and gives the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance, a coalition of local governments in five ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — 11 things I’ve learned about economic development

During my still active career in economic and community development, I’ve learned quite a few things. Some, but not all, are listed below. These are just the first ones that came to mind. Economic development is all about jobs. Even though the textbook definition of the term is, “… the process of increasing the economic wealth of a community,” almost ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Uplifting Jackson forum hints at rural gloom

Growing economic trends bode ill for rural America. “We are witnessing a growing economic and political divide between urban and rural America,” wrote Axios last week, pointing to some significant data. “Roughly half of all U.S. zip codes still have lower total employment than they did in 2007….Rural Americans have far fewer hospitals, workout facilities, and health specialists….Big employers and ...

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Costco war moves to yet another battlefield

By JACK WEATHERLY Opponents of the proposed Costco Wholesale store in Ridgeland are relentless in their effort to block developers. The “war” that has dragged on for three years over the project proposed as the anchor for the 45-acre phase three of the Renaissance at Colony Park mall has moved to a third battlefield. The Mississippi Supreme Court was unanimous ...

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Costco case may hinge on definition of ‘service station’

By JACK WEATHERLY Most Costco Wholesale Stores have a fueling station. The question remains: will the giant wholesale club go forward in Ridgeland without one? An answer may await in Madison County Circuit Court, Judge Steve Ratcliff presiding. Homeowners filed a brief last week fInalizing its challenge of the legitimacy of a site plan approved by the Ridgeland Board of ...

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Sanderson ‘19th hole’ plays big for steak houses and economy

By JACK WEATHERLY After 18 holes of playing or following players, the question is: what’s next? The 19th hole for many after one of the rounds leading up to and including the Sanderson Farms Championship Tournament was a nice white-tablecloth steak house. Those in the vicinity of the Country Club of Jackson got a bump in revenue and golf tales. ...

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