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MDA inviting businesses to construction expo in Mexico

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is inviting state business leaders to participate in a building/construction/home improvement exhibition from Sept. 6-8 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The event will connect Mississippi businesses looking to expand trade and create business relationships with opportunities in the Latin American market. The Construction and Home Improvement Expo, which is held in 345,000 square feet of ...

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Post-merger committee formed to explore regionalism

GOLDEN TRIANGLE — In light of the recent partnership formed between the Columbus Lowndes Development LINK and the West Point Community Growth Alliance, representatives from all corners of the Golden Triangle are now exploring the possibility of a regional economic development organization. To formalize the development leadership of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties into one organization, communities have appointed a ...

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Old Pascagoula High lives on as senior housing

Time may not have always been on developer Steve Nail’s side in his 14-year quest to transform the 74-year-old Pascagoula High School into Bayside Village Senior Apartments. But it certainly came to his aid June 21. At mid morning, he flew from Jackson to Pascagoula for the ribbon-cutting for Bayside Village. After the ceremony at which he delivered the news ...

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MDA leads all state entities in travel abroad

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority is far and away the state’s leader in government travel abroad. At least 57 MDA officials since fiscal year 2004 have made hundreds of trips spanning the globe, all in the name of economic development. Officials have made trips to aviation shows in France, England and Germany; to the annual blues music festival in ...

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Magazine awards Silver Shovel to MDA for job creation

JACKSON — Area Development magazine, an economic development publication covering site selection and facility planning, has awarded Mississippi a 2012 Silver Shovel Award. Now in their seventh year, Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotions that attract new businesses and investments in new and ...

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Laurel moves up 22 spots in national ranking of micropolitans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Policom Corporation, which specializes in studying the dynamics of local economies in order to determine if an area is growing or declining, has released its “2012 Economic Strength Rankings.” According to the report, the Laurel micropolitan statistical area was ranked 66th out of the nation’s 576 micros, which is the fourth highest of Mississippi’s 20 micros. The ...

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Habitat, other housing non-profits gain freedom from mortgage origination rules

A state law signed in late May relieves Mississippi’s Habitat for Humanity chapters of requirements that each chapter have a person certified to originate mortgages. That provision of the state’s version of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement Mortgage Licensing Act, or SAFE, mandated that any organization or individual originating more than five mortgages a year obtain certification, a process ...

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Trey Jones helping to carry on tradition created by Jimmy Carter

Paul “Trey” Jones is the executive director of the Mississippi Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates, a position he has held since June 2011. His past nonprofit work includes a stint as president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi. He’s also a past board member of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and the former executive director of the ...

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New MDA chief enters arena in competitive fashion

The background of Brent Christensen, the new executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, stacks up well against his rivals around the South, a review of the professional biographies of the chief executives of several nearby states shows. One of those rivals, Florida’s Gray Swoope, is well known in Mississippi, having led the Mississippi Development Authority from 2007 through spring ...

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