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Miss. gets $33M in federal funds for emergency operations

A federal grant totaling $33 million is coming to Mississippi to be used to beef up coordination among emergency responders statewide. Vicki Helfrich, executive director of the Mississippi Wireless Communications Commission, tells The Clarion-Ledger the money will be used to create and upgrade technology that will allow first responders in the state to view and share data. Helfrich says the ...

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Tupelo CDF breaks ground on third spec building

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal SHANNON – The Community Development Foundation broke ground on its third speculative building, a 100,000-square-foot facility in the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South (also commonly called TULIPS). It is the third spec building built by the CDF, which five years ago began the program to provide building shells for prospective companies to use. The ...

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Tupelo planners consider rezoning request on North Gloster

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal TUPELO – The Planning Commission is poised to approve a rezoning request designed to facilitate additional commercial development in one of the city’s major hubs of business activity. Mitchell Scruggs, a local farmer and developer, has requested that five acres on the west side of North Gloster Street be rezoned from agricultural to regional ...

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Hattiesburg council delays vote on land development code

Hattiesburg City Council has voted to postpone adopting an ordinance establishing a new land development code. The new code, more than three years in the making, still had some language that needed to be clarified. City Attorney James Gladden recommended Monday the council make the changes, re-advertise the changes and vote on the code in January. The Hattiesburg American reports ...

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Hancock panel hires adviser for development plan

By JACK WEATHERLY  Hancock County is known for its futuristic Stennis Space Center. But the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission wants to make sure its vision stays forward-looking. So it recently signed a contract with VisionFirst Advisors to develop a development strategy. VisionFirst is based in Tallahassee, Fla., but it is a wholly owned subsidiary of THE Jackson-based Butler ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State economy struggles to hit half the national growth rate

State economists lower forecast for remainder of year,” read the Mississippi Business Journal headline on October 27th. “Mississippi’s state economists have pulled back on an already-weak economic forecast for the rest of 2016, projecting that the state’s economy will grow only 1.5 percent instead of the 1.6 percent previously predicted,” said the story.   “U.S. economy roars back, grew at ...

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Despite TIF, Costco store not done deal yet

By JACK WEATHERLY  The game is not over for the proposed Costco Wholesale store in Ridgeland. Plaintiffs are still trying to block the store, which they contend would disrupt traffic and devalue residential property in the vicinity. A tax rebate of up to $30 million that apparently had been granted through a state program for what developers said was the ...

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Natchez receives 28 applications for convention director

Nearly 30 candidates have applied to be the next director of the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mayor Darryl Grennell tells The Natchez Democrat 28 applications have been submitted and are currently being reviewed by the committee charged with vetting applicants. The director position was left vacant after former director Kevin Kirby was terminated in April following ongoing personnel issues ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Southern Farm Bureau: One name, but separate companies for life, casualty insurance

By LISA MONTI  Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. is ranked third and Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. holds the sixth place on the top Mississippi 100 list. The companies are two separate entities. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co., a Mississippi corporation domiciled in Ridgeland, has 1,500 employees, $856 million in sales and was established in 1947.  It ...

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Cuba opportunities, pitfalls dominate MDA trade summit

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Republic of Cuba was depicted as a land of opportunity for Mississippi businesses, though with a heightened sense of risk. About 150 people attended the “Doing Business in Cuba Summit” on Oct. 20 at the South Warehouse in Jackson. Speakers at the Mississippi Development Authority event told of a country struggling to emerge from more than ...

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