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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Supporting startups: Delta I-Fund comes to Jackson

Contemporaneous with my writing of this article, there are 17 teams of startups congregated on the first floor of my State Street building for the kickoff weekend of the Delta I-Fund summer cohort, an annual program funded by grants from the Winrock Foundation and the Delta Regional Authority. The mission of the Delta I-Fund is to positively impact low-to-moderate income ...

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Mississippi mayor says city needs development director

A Mississippi mayor says their city needs an economic development director to enhance its downtown area. Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell and City Planner Riccardo Giani said Wednesday that a downtown development director could be the catalyst that moves the area forward. The Natchez Democrat reports downtown business owners have been calling for a director. The mayor says he plans to request that ...

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Raytheon to invest $100M to expand Mississippi radar plant

A defense contractor announced Thursday that it will invest $100 million at its Mississippi plant to expand its ability to make and test military radars. Raytheon Co. of Waltham, Massachusetts, said it will expand its 660-worker facility in the Mississippi town of Forest. The plan calls for adding a 50,000 square-foot (4,600 square-meter) building to help accommodate a contract to ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Finding white space

When I work with startups that are analyzing market opportunities and existing firms that are exploring other opportunities, I try to frame the discussion in terms of white space.  There is nothing proprietary about the term “white space” – it has been around at least since the dot-com frenzy of the 1990s, if not before then.  White space essentially means ...

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Airbus workforce in Columbus celebrates adding new helicopters

COLUMBUS – Airbus Helicopters Inc. on Friday celebrated its record as a supplier to the U.S. Army at the company’s Columbus production facility where it manufactures the Army’s UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter. The Army has recently contracted for an additional 51 UH-72As to be produced from 2018 through 2020. Airbus has delivered 423 Lakota aircraft under the Army contract, ...

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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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