Mississippi’s economic outlook ranks in top 10 nationally


The nonprofit, Washington-based American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative think-tank for state-based public policy issues and potential solutions, has released its annual “Rich States, Poor States” report that examines the latest trends in state economic growth. The data rank the 2013 economic outlook of states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, … Continue reading Mississippi’s economic outlook ranks in top 10 nationally

Governor Bryant to announce Biloxi stadium plans


Gov. Phil Bryant will be in Biloxi Thursday to announce plans for a minor league baseball stadium north of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on U.S. 90. He will be joined by Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway and other local officials at the 3 p.m. announcement, during which Bryant will unveil the preliminary designs for … Continue reading Governor Bryant to announce Biloxi stadium plans

Wet weather puts farmers behind schedule across Mississippi.


The U.S Department of Agriculture says foul weather only left Mississippi with four days suitable for fieldwork during a two-week period that ended May 12. A USDA report says the percentages of cotton, race, soybeans, peanuts and watermelons that have been planted as of May 12 were far below five-year averages. For example, 52 percent … Continue reading Wet weather puts farmers behind schedule across Mississippi.

Corps will hold meeting on Gulfport channel deepening Tuesday


A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday on the state port's proposal to study deepening the ship channel to as much as 47 feet. The port has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of a deeper ship channel as part of an ongoing environmental assessment of port expansion. The Sun … Continue reading Corps will hold meeting on Gulfport channel deepening Tuesday

Gov. Bryant announces 200 new jobs coming to Louisville.


Gov. Bryant was on hand Monday with local and company officials to announce Natron Wood Products locating to Louisville, Miss., in Winston County. The operations will be located in a 265,000-square-foot existing facility, and represent a company investment of $10 million and will create more than 200 new jobs. “I appreciate Natron Wood Products for … Continue reading Gov. Bryant announces 200 new jobs coming to Louisville.

Salter: Bryant’s first major economic development victory notable for transformative potential


Perhaps most notable in Bryant’s first major economic development victory is the fact that the plant location came in the county with the second highest jobless rate in the state. Clay County, ravaged for years after the reduction and later closing of the Sara Lee (formerly Bryan Brothers) operation, recorded unemployment rates of 18.2 percent. … Continue reading Salter: Bryant’s first major economic development victory notable for transformative potential

Plunkett: Gulfport High School’s Academic Institute sounds very familiar.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Back on September 3, 2011 Mississippi PEP was a month-old website. At the time, I was the only person writing and linking articles from state news sources to the site. I was focused a great deal on public education as the state prepared to take on the charter school issue, … Continue reading Plunkett: Gulfport High School’s Academic Institute sounds very familiar.

State Port Commission could name new director today.


The commission has scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m. on the top floor of the Hancock Bank Building. Commissioners have interviewed seven finalists for the job of executive director, spokesman Denton Gibbes said. Boyden Global Executive Search submitted the finalists' names after conducting a search for a director to replace Don Allee, who resigned in … Continue reading State Port Commission could name new director today.

GE Aviation to open new facility in Ellisville on Tuesday.


Gov. Phil Bryant will join GE Aviation President/CEO David Joyce on Tuesday for the grand opening of the company's new 340,000-square-foot aviation components factory in Ellisville, Miss. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, both R-Miss., also are scheduled to attend the 11 a.m. ceremony in the Howard Technology Park. The company, a … Continue reading GE Aviation to open new facility in Ellisville on Tuesday.

Legislators pass incentive package with only 2 no votes.


Mississippi lawmakers Friday quickly approved an incentive package that could be worth more $330 million to bring a tire plant to Clay County. House members voted 117-2 to pass the bill, while the Senate voted unanimously. Japan's Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. would invest $300 million of its own money in the first phase, hiring 500 … Continue reading Legislators pass incentive package with only 2 no votes.