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State economists lower growth forecast for rest of year

  By TED CARTER 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. The new report from state economists includes at least some good news on jobs, forecasting a 1 percent increase in payroll employment for the ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Business Communication 101: The latest thing

The message that is sent is never the message that is received. Two things about the history of communication are clear: The methods of communicating have evolved and the rate of change has accelerated. The methods have run the gamut from grunts and hand signals to email and texting. In modern times the rate of change is so great that ...

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Madison County doing full assessment of economic development before hiring new chief

By TED CARTER Madison County officials say they expect to fill a vacant executive director position at the county Economic Development Authority sometime in the spring. Officials say they must first complete a public-private collaborative “visioning” process for the development authority before filling the post Tim Coursey left in April. In the meantime, Ken Oilschlager will continue guiding the agency on ...

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First of the new hotels soon to open in Pass Christian

By LISA MONTI Hotel Whiskey in Pass Christian is running behind schedule but just by a couple of weeks. “Typical delays,” said owner Thomas Genin of the final touches. Opening now is set for the end of the month, when the 11-room boutique hotel in the city’s historic downtown welcomes its first guests. The staff spent the past week in training, ...

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Commuter airline starts Jackson-to-Nashville service

By JACK WEATHERLY  The eight-seat Cessna 208 Caravan lifts off a runway on Southern Airways Express’ inaugural Jackson-to-Nashville flight on Monday. The single-engine turboprop plane heads to the Tennessee capital, with a brief stopover in Memphis. Takeoff from Jackson International is 9:03 a.m. The plane climbs to 9,000 feet and reaches cruising speed of about 200 miles per hour. The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Pathways for unmotivated people become useless pathways

Pathways” is the popular word today for fixing broken, adolescent, and unsuccessful people.    Here are a few examples. At the federal level there are the Pathways out of Poverty Act, the National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention program, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Pathways courses. At the state level there are Governor Phil Bryant’s Mississippi Works Smart Start Career Pathway, the Mississippi ...

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Study reports $603M impact by USM in Mississippi

A new study looking at the economic benefits of Hattiesburg-based University of Southern Mississippi on the state’s economy has determined that the school has a $603 million impact, the Hattiesburg American reported. The newspaper details the findings which were released Thursday during a news conference at the school. The newspaper reports that this was the first independent study of the university’s ...

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Tax and budget groups? Been there, done that

Mississippi’s Republican legislative leaders have created “working groups” that will meet a few days over the next several weeks to delve into tax policies and pick apart government spending practices. The effort is designed to help elected officials obtain a deeper understanding about how revenue is collected and to examine whether it’s being used wisely. Still, in a state where ...

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Pascagoula sets another tax election after first fell short

Pascagoula officials will make a second run at setting a 2 percent restaurant tax to help pay for ballfields and other recreation projects. An election last week fell short of the 60 percent margin needed to approve the tax. About 1,350 voted, and 56 percent were for it. The Sun Herald reports that the City Council decided Tuesday to take ...

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Foreign Trade Zones allow business to compete in the global economy

By BECKY GILLETTE U.S. Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) help businesses lower their Customs-related costs on imported raw materials and components, thus enabling them to cost-effectively produce their finished products in the U.S. instead of overseas, said Robert Kane, president of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, and president of the Mississippi Coast FTZ. FTZs help U.S. companies compete in the ...

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