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PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be economic developer?

So you want to be economic developer. Can’t say as I blame you. It’s a rewarding profession that provides self-satisfaction and can have a positive impact on a community. It’s also a stable occupation. In my many years as an economic developer, I’ve noticed very little turnover. In this letter, I’ll offer some observations and comments that you may find ...

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‘Expanding our Workforce’ is theme of State of the Region meeting

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The CREATE Foundation’s Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi will host its 23rd annual State of the Region meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. The meeting is free and open to the public, and advance reservations are not required. Registrationand coffee hour will begin ...

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Communities receive National Main Street accreditation

There were 44 statewide designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center and the Mississippi Main Street Association. The statewide programs accredited with the status include: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Byhalia, Carthage/Leake County, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, ...

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Lexington-based coffee company invests $2M to expand, expects to add 55 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Lexington-based Southern Coffee Services is expanding its operations in a $2 million corporate investment that is expected to create 55 jobs over three years. Southern Coffee currently employs 14. The expansion is slated to be complete in January 2020. Southern Coffee aims to develop “sustainable businesses focused on restoring and strengthening the local communities. for generation,” ...

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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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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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