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State economic development leaders optimistic of 2015

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and there are signs that employment ...

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Mary Martha Henson brings a variety of experiences to MEDC leadership position

Although she feels she has some big shoes to fill at the helm of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Mary Martha Henson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position she assumed less than two years ago. She serves as the executive director and chief operating officer of the statewide organization of economic development professionals. “Carole (Hardwick, former ...

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After 8 months, Byram recycling program growing

The City of Byram’s Ready, Set, Recycle! Program kicked off in April and has been well-received by residents, said Lareka Washington, the city’s grants coordinator. Officials already are looking at expanding hours for the volunteer recycling program. The program is funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Residents have been dropping off their paper, plastic and ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE: Annual Christmas Price Index details cost of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’

With energy costs tumbling and inflation remaining calm, the annual Christmas Price Index® experienced a mild 1 percent boost in the 31st annual tongue-in-cheek economic analysis, according to PNC Wealth Management, which conducts the annual Christmas survey. Based on the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the price tag for the PNC CPI is $27,673.22 in ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Gary Herring building tomorrow by educating today

There is no magic formula for being a great leader.  Each day brings new opportunities and unforeseen challenges.  To excel as a leader takes wisdom.  President Calvin Coolidge once said, “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Characteristics of a good year-end fundraising letter

Another December day; another solicitation letter. The end of the calendar year is approaching, and that means that fundraising letters compete with catalogues and holiday cards for space in the mailbox. Some fundraising letters are compelling. They make one want to immediately write a check, volunteer for community service or pledge some exceptional amount. And then there are those that ...

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Renasant beefs up in Georgia with $258M purchase of HeritageBank

Tupelo’s Renasant Bank continued its march through Georgia last week with a definitive agreement to acquire Albany’s $1.9 billion Heritage Financial Group Inc., parent of HeritageBank of the South, through a stock purchase. Renasant, which a couple years ago began establishing a presence in North Georgia with acquisitions in Blairsville and suburban Atlanta, will gain entry to a number of ...

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