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VCVB’s Gatian Receives Tourism Marketing Certification

Ashley Gatian, sales manager at the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (VCVB), has earned certification as a “Travel Marketing Professional” after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College. Gatian has worked at the VCVB since February 2012 and is responsible for group tours, recruiting meetings and conventions, international sales, and facilitating travel media.

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‘Madison at Main’ will become the city center

Construction at 17-acre development to commence in 2020 By JACK WEATHERLY Madison is seemingly the Mississippi city that has just about everything one could want for “the good life.” Yet it has been dreaming and planning for decades for an element that it lacks. Mayor Mary Hawkins was on the cover of the Mississippi Business Journal in 1987 talking about the dangers of “unregulated growth” that could befall the farming ...

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Aussie agri company opens plant in Greenville, will hire 68

Crop protection company Nufarm celebrated the grand opening of the company’s operations in Greenville. The project is a $20 million investment and will create 68 jobs.  “As a predominantly agricultural state, the Nufarm team could not have chosen a better location for its new operations,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a release. “I know the skilled workforce found in Greenville ...

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New Albany’s VIP Seating filling theaters globally

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal A veteran of the furniture industry, Steve Simons and a handful of others started VIP Cinema Seating with hopes that their idea of putting reclining seats in movie theaters would take off. “Nobody in 2008 was putting reclining seats in a movie theater,” said the VIP chief executive officer. “So we introduced this thing, ...

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Blue Delta Jeans are taking the country by storm

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Two childhood friends who went to school together in South Pontotoc and college never thought they’d be selling $500 jeans, much less counting celebrities and sports stars among their clientele. Yet, Josh West and Nick Weaver find themselves doing just that. West and Weaver are co-owners of Blue Delta Jeans, which got its start ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding lands major contracts to continue being a state economic driver

By BECKY GILLETTE PASCAGOULA—It has been a banner year for the state’s largest private employer, the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. In September Ingalls was awarded a $5.1 billion fixed-price incentive, multiyear procurement contract for construction of six Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Flight III destroyers for the U.S. Navy. That is in addition to a $1.43 billion contract ...

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ALAN TURNER — The MCEE: Planting the seeds for success

ALAN TURNER The mission of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education is helping to educate young people about economics, finance, and business. There are many success stories of young folks who have been inspired to become economically literate, making important choices about their career objectives, and some who became successful entrepreneurs while still in high school. Others have developed a ...

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Chasing smokestacks, fostering a creative economy – can Mississippi do both?

By TED CARTER Bill Rayburn Glenn McCullough Mississippi’s government leaders and economic development officials started this decade devoted to making innovation-based, or new economy, startup companies a bigger part of the state’s economic engine. How much they’ve actually contributed as the second decade of the  21st century nears its close depends on who is doing the talking. The assessment of ...

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