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MSU research & technology non-profit out to elevate innovation in Starkville’s downtown

By TED CARTER The move of tech data company Babel Street Inc. onto the third floor of Starkville’s Cadence Bank building marks the official start of a Mississippi State University non-profit corporation’s efforts to energize downtown technological innovation. Cadence, a regional bank formerly headquartered in Starkville, will remain in the first two floors of the 33,000 square-foot downtown landmark at ...

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Entergy named a National Leader in economic development for 12th consecutive year

For 12 years running, Site Selection magazine has named Entergy Corporation as one of the nation’s top utilities in economic development. The award is due to the vital role Entergy plays in economic development efforts across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. “This is a tremendous honor that speaks directly to our commitment to bring jobs and growth to our communities,” ...

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The 2020 Destination Downtown Conference will be held in Starkville

The 2020 Destination Downtown conference will be held in Starkville, Miss. on Sept. 9-11. The Main Street state coordinating programs from Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas are sponsoring the annual Destination Downtown conference, where over 200 Main Street directors, board members, architects, economic developers, planners, and public officials will meet to discuss the revitalization of the states’ downtown areas. “We are ...

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New Mississippi boat maker invests $1.6M and hires 75

A new company has begun making boats in northeast Mississippi and hired 75 people. Avid Boats in Amory says it’s investing $1.6 million to make aluminum bass boats and center console bay boats. Avid plans to make 750 boats next year and 1,500 annually by 2022. President Phillip Faulkner previously founded Amory boat maker NauticStar. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy ...

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Advocates: Mississippi plant fires workers left after raid

A Mississippi chicken processing plant fired most of its remaining workers after nearly 100 accused of immigration violations were arrested last week, witnesses said, an indication that the crackdown could make finding work in the state’s poultry industry more difficult for Latino immigrants. Terry Truett, a volunteer with the Mississippi Immigration Coalition, said she and others were called Tuesday to ...

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ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who profit from their labor often go unprosecuted. Under President Donald Trump, the number of business owners and managers who face criminal charges for employing unauthorized workers ...

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Plaza owner: didn’t pull plug on ‘Sweetie Pie’s’; Estes had no role

By JACK WEATHERLY “Absolutely 100 percent false.” That was the response from the owner and manager of the Plaza Building to a statement by Tim Norman, who had just opened the latest restaurant in the “Sweetie Pie’s” chain – only to be told by building management that the crowd was creating a problem for those trying to enter the 12-story ...

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Nike to open new distribution center in Mississippi

HOLLY SPRINGS — Sports apparel company Nike has announced plans to bring a new distribution center to northern Mississippi. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the facility is expected to open in Marshall County in spring 2020. The location will be about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Collierville, Tennessee. The center is expected to create 250 logistics and supply chain ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Beware of scam artists promising jobs for your community

The subject of economic development incentives is receiving lots of publicity these days. The Amazon relocation debacle revealed what can happen when the entire community is not on board with major business recruitment. When incentives are properly used, the community wins and the company receiving the incentives wins. However, because some communities are so desperate for jobs they are easy ...

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