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City officials mulling lodging tax to fund development

WIGGINS — City leaders in Wiggins are considering a local sales tax on hotels, motels and cabins as a way to increase revenue for economic development. The Sun Herald reports Mayor Jerry Alexander introduced the idea at yesterday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. Alexander said the tax proposal would be a good way to increase revenue without a major impact on ...

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Blueprint Mississippi 2011 offers numerous recommendations

JACKSON — Mississippi can improve its economic outlook by investing in research, reducing government regulation of businesses and developing incentives to attract and retain highly educated workers, particularly those with strong skills in math and science, a new report says. Blueprint Mississippi 2011 also recommends expanding the healthcare sector, decreasing the teenage pregnancy rate and creating a high-quality early childhood ...

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Old Capitol Green signs leases, calls on city to act

JACKSON — Carlton A. Brown, founding partner and COO of Full Spectrum South, yesterday announced the first retail business leases for the Old Capitol Green project in Jackson with 65 percent of the retail spaces committed as well as leases to fill 52 percent of the project’s first commercial office building. Full Spectrum of NY is the master developer of ...

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AMR to hold grand opening for new facility at Medical Mall

JACKSON — American Medical Response (AMR) and its landlord, the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation (JMMF), will host a grand opening of AMR’s new $2.5 million, 25,000-square-foot multi-county headquarters at 600 Melvin Bender Drive in Jackson today. Ed Powers, AMR’s general manager, said, “We are delighted that JMMF has erected this new building to our specifications and has leased it to ...

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Supervisors looking to form railroad authority to save line

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — DeSoto County supervisors are looking into forming a regional railway authority. The decision comes after the owners of the Grenada rail line asked for federal approval to abandon 83 miles of track from Grenada to Canton. The Commercial Appeal reports local economic development council president Jim Flanagan and County Administrator Michael Garriga will look into how to ...

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MEC to unveil Blueprint Mississippi 2011

JACKSON — The Mississippi Economic Council will release the results of its update of Mississippi’s economic development strategy Oct. 13. MEC President Blake Wilson says meetings are scheduled for Jackson, Tupelo and Biloxi to release Blueprint Mississippi 2011. Wilson says input from business and community leaders throughout Mississippi was collected during a series of meetings held over the spring and ...

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Mayor pushing for sales tax to fund projects

HOLLY SPRINGS — Holly Springs Mayor Andre DeBerry is seeking support for a 1 percent local sales tax to raise money for various projects. The South Reporter reports DeBerry has proposed $8 million for a variety of local projects and another $13 million for street improvements and sidewalks. DeBerry has said the city could issue bonds some of which could ...

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Rallying behind sustainability

I have never been to a ghost town. I don’t view this as an unfortunate shortcoming of my youth; I have seen enough Westerns in my years that I get the idea. I don’t imagine that they are really ghosts towns anymore as much as they are the idea of a ghost town with souvenir stands with t-shirts and snow ...

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Arinder leading Chamber

The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce has named Mandi Arinder as the new executive director. Arinder has been serving as the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce special events coordinator for the past year. Prior to working at the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce, Arinder served as executive director of the Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. Arinder was born in Rankin ...

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ARC grant to aid storm-tossed city, county

SMITHVILLE — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved a $350,000 grant for the construction of a facility to support jobs in Smithville and Monroe County, whose economic base took a hit when a massive EF-5 tornado ripped through the region in April. The $350,000 grant from ARC will be combined with $265,800 in state funding to construct a 38,400-square-foot ...

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