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PHIL HARDWICK — Touting economic development is as American as motherhood and apple pie

Economic and community development have seemingly passed motherhood and apple pie as the “American” thing. When was the last time you heard a candidate for public office proclaim his or objection to economic development?  But exactly what is economic development?  Or community development for that matter? The term “economic development” was hardly used before World War II, although the concept has been ...

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Louisiana site chosen for $25M graphite processing facility

VIDALIA, La. — Australian graphite producer Syrah Resources has selected a Louisiana site for a $25 million manufacturing processing facility, creating 25 new direct jobs. The Natchez Democrat reports Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Melbourne-based firm announced the selection of a Vidalia site for a graphite processing facility in a press release Monday. The new jobs will have an average salary ...

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Wise Carter hosts “Focus on Jackson” series

Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.  is hosting a series of events titled, “Focus on Jackson”.  The series includes relevant topics of interest for Jackson and focuses on education and community outreach. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba spoke at the first event on his vision for the City of Jackson. More than 100 people attended the event on Feb. 15 at ...

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Complaint prompts investigation of $50M Tupelo project

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is investigating a $50 million project in Tupelo after receiving a complaint about its environmental impact. American Legion Post 49 Commander Mike Pettigrew says he filed the complaint out of concern for Legion Lake, which his post stewards. He tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that a runoff control measure wasn’t ready before construction began and ...

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Hancock County communities designated as Opportunity Zones

Two communities in Hancock County are among 100 Mississippi communities designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service as Qualified Opportunity Zones.  The designations are designed to spur economic growth by encouraging long-term investments in low-income and rural communities through Qualified Opportunity Funds. Private investors can earn tax relief through investments made in an Opportunity Zone, ...

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‘The sky is the limit’ — MDA optimistic about 2017

By BECKY GILLETTE What’s ahead for Mississippi’s economy in 2017? Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn L. McCullough Jr. expects 2017 to be another exciting year in economic development in Mississippi. “Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Legislature have enacted several strong, pro-business measures like the phaseout of the franchise tax and the creation of the Mississippi Works fund which dedicates ...

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Port of Gulfport revenue grows with reconstruction

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Port of Gulfport continues to make progress in its recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and its revenue reflects that. The port’s “net position” increased by $112.7 million as of the fiscal year ending June 30, compared with an increase of $84.6 million the previous fiscal year, according to an annual independent audit. Net position on ...

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MDA faces possible double-digit cut in budget

  By JACK WEATHERLY The budget for the Mississippi Development Authority could be cut by 11.4 percent for fiscal 2018 compared with the previous year. That’s the recommendation from the Legislative Joint Budget Committee for the state’s leading economic development agency. The committee, composed of members of both houses of the Legislature, recommends a 2.3 percent reduction in the fiscal ...

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Southern Miss’s ‘Garden’ science park element ready to market parcels

» Legislature gave USM greenlight to sell, lease properties inside   Hattiesburg Business Today The University of Southern Mississippi is set to begin marketing the approximately 520-acre technology park component of The Garden. Once home to the university’s golf course, the innovation and commercialization park on Shelby Thames Drive already has curb cuts, water and sewer and fiber lines. But until this ...

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Tourism agency: European flights to energize Mississippi market

By JACK WEATHERLY British Airways and Condor Airlines will start offering nonstop flights from London and Germany to New Orleans. Visit Mississippi, the state tourism agency, expects that 30 to 40 percent of an estimated 76,000 Euro visitors will take in Mississippi. Agency Director Craig Ray calls it a “game changer” for the state. Mississippi and the city of Memphis ...

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