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More than a dozen school districts sue state over funding

JACKSON — Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state yesterday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state’s public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program. State lawmakers have underfunded the formula by $1.5 billion since 2009. The ...

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Russell Turley looks to impact young people

Russell Turley is president of the Phoenix Club of Jackson, which started in 2007 and raises money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. Q — How did the Phoenix Club get started? A — As a result of experiences with the original Phoenix Club in Memphis, a group of young professionals (Brad Reeves, Bo Zimmerman, Travis Ezelle ...

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Op-Ed: The shared fortunes of Jackson and its suburbs

By: Matthew D. Bolian Since 2011, a fight has been brewing in the state capitol over where the Department of Revenue (DOR) and its 500 plus workers are going to relocate. In one corner is Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, and in the other is Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, R-Clinton. Sen. Blount represents those who want to house the ...

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Bill Yates to be honored at Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala Nov. 13; Fred Haise to headline Conference on Technology Innovation Nov. 14

The Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) will host the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala, Nov. 13. The 13th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation, hosted by MTA, will be held Nov. 14. Both events will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex. The Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame was established in 2008 as a tribute to the many innovative and ...

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Bill Yates to be honored at Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala Nov. 13; Fred Haise to headline Conference on Technology Innovation Nov. 14

The Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) will host the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala, Nov. 13. The 13th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation, hosted by MTA, will be held Nov. 14. Both events will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex. The Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame was established in 2008 as a tribute to the many innovative and ...

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Wilkerson resigns as MDA tourism director, accepts same job for city of Ridgeland

The state’s tourism director informed the Mississippi Development Authority’s Interim Executive Director Jim Barksdale, tourism staff and industry partners on Wednesday that she is resigning her post to take a position with the Ridgeland Tourism Commission. MDA Tourism Director Mary Beth Wilkerson is leaving her position effective June 15, 2012. Wilkerson, who has been with the state tourism office for ...

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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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Mississippi ties helped put Brent Christensen atop list for new MDA chief

Former Netscape and FedEx executive Jim Barksdale took over leadership of the Mississippi Development Authority with one over-riding goal — find his replacement. He wanted a pro with a track record of success but he also sought to follow the wishes of state business leaders to hire someone with ties to Mississippi who would “understand our state,” Barksdale said in ...

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With Brent Christensen, Mississippi Development Authority gets its man

In Gray Swoope, Mississippi lost its last top economic development professional to Florida in the spring of 2011. Now Mississippi has reached into Florida to bring Brent Christensen, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce chief, to the Magnolia State as a replacement. Christensen, a 10-year-year president and CEO of the Gainesville Chamber, will start work sometime in early June as executive ...

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MDA salary bill awaits Bryant's signature

Gov. Phil Bryant received a bill late last week that would allow private money to supplement the salary of whoever is the next executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Internet technology pioneer Jim Barksdale currently serves in that position on an interim basis, for the price of $1 a year. His predecessor, Leland Speed, received the same salary. The ...

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