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Supervisor says Byram/Clinton Parkway start is 2 months away

By TED CARTER Construction of the Byram/Clinton Parkway, an 18-mile project Mississippi’s economic development officials conceived in 1985, is expected to finally get under way in December, Hinds County Supervisor Peggy Calhoun says. Calhoun said Monday project engineers declared the first phase of slightly more than three miles ready to go, though the Army Corps of Engineers wants more time to ...

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Developer defends sealing Renaissance documents

RIDGELAND — The Madison County developer who was granted a protective order last week barring the release of public records relating to Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland said he feels the order is in the best interest of economic development. Andrew Mattiace, developer of Renaissance phases I and II and the proposed phase III, said he sought the order ...

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Ambassadors are the face of the Chamber

By LISA MONTI Ribbon cuttings are probably what come to mind when you hear a mention of Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors but the community volunteers provide many more valuable services to chambers and economic development agencies across the nation. In Mississippi, Ambassadors can be found from Oxford to the Coast. They help with membership drives, welcome new businesses to the ...

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NG1 TechFlo wins national green tech competition

By BECKY GILLETTE  Innovate Mississippi has been doing a bit of innovative matchmaking by successfully paring a promising startup company, NG1, in Olive Branch with a potentially disruptive technology called the NG1 TechFlo exhaust system for diesel engines, with a Mississippi manufacturer, Hawkeye Industries in Tupelo. Innovate Mississippi helped NG1 prepare its business plan, and hone its pitch for funding. ...

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Updated: DAK Americas expanding operations in Hancock County

MBJ staff DAK Americas is expanding its Hancock County operations at Port Bienville with the construction of manufacturing facilities to produce 230 million pounds per year of polyester staple fibers. The company said the expansion is a multi-million dollar investment will create 86 jobs, bringing the work force at the facility to 239, according to a news release.  DAK’s Pearl River site ...

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Group plans new city in Lamar County

PURVIS — Residents of the Bellevue community of Lamar County are launching a petition drive to become a city. The Hattiesburg American reports a group called Citizens of Bellevue has been studying incorporation for the past 13 months. Organizers outlined their plans Thursday to the Lamar County Board of Supervisors. The city would span about 15 square miles with an ...

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Economic district seeks more funds from Pike County

MCCOMB — Pike County Economic Development District officials have asked county supervisors for more money on a day supervisors were looking for ways to trim their budget. The Enterprise-Journal reports district officials Wayne Sterling, Dr. Shelby Smith and James Wicker met with the board on Friday. The economic district received $393,000 in the 2014-15 budget and asked for $600,000 in ...

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GLENN McCULLOUGH — Teamwork: A winning strategy

Economic opportunity can change lives. Promoting Mississippi’s advantages to attract new career opportunities while supporting the expansion of our existing businesses is our primary mission at the Mississippi Development Authority. Three key principles guide us and help ensure Mississippi will continue to cultivate economic opportunities for Mississippi families. First, teamwork is essential to winning new investment projects and helping our ...

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Long Beach approves Katrina slab ordinance

LONG BEACH — In 30 days, Long Beach residents will have to remove any slabs left behind on their property from Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Billy Skellie told local media the ordinance was approved by the board of aldermen on Wednesday and takes effect in 30 days. After that, once property owners are notified, they have to take action immediately to ...

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Virginia company proposes 8-floor Jackson Convention Center hotel, parking garage

By TED CARTER A Herndon, Va., company that specializes in public-private development partnerships is proposing an $83.6 million, 302-room Jackson convention center hotel with a 1,000-space garage. Red Leaf Development says it can do the project without direct contributions from the City or Jackson Redevelopment Agency, though $41.8 million in borrowing will be necessary, either through a conventional loan backed by ...

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