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Catfish Alley Improvements On the Way

Work has recently begun on the alley between Catfish Alley and the CVB. The project is anticipated to cost $200,000, and should be done by September; the City is paying $10,000 towards the costs, the CVB has paid another $30,000, and MDOT will cover the remainder via a grant. The plan is to allow the area to properly connect Main Street to College St & Catfish Alley, with lighting improvements, landscaping, and the like, as well as an expansion of retail and festival space.

A video is available at the link below, courtesy of WCBI:

Video: City Begins Improvements on Catfish Alley

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Mississippi’s Jobless Rate Improving, Along with the Nation’s

Mississippi’s Jobless Rate Improving, Along with the Nation’s

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) reports that jobless rates have dropped in many areas statewide. Oktibbeha County was a standout, having dropped by 1.6% since January; it’s now at 5.3% as of February. The state’s overall unemployment rate dropped from 7% to 6.2% over the same period, and the nation’s dropped from 5.3% to 5.2%.

More details can be found here: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=49105

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Musselwhite’s New Location Is a Cut Above the Rest

Musselwhite’s Barber Shop, a long-time mainstay of Columbus, has settled in to their new location on 2nd Ave. They still offer the same great service, just at a new place, just down the hill from the original.

They report that their first-ever customer at the original store, was also their first at the new one! You know you must be doing something right to inspire loyalty like that!

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Franklin Furniture Institute’s Annual Summit at MSU

msu-ffi logoSTARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) —

Representatives from manufacturing businesses statewide have been attending the the Franklin Furniture Institute’s annual Manufacturing Summit, and this year was no exception.  The event took place recently at the MSU campus. The subject matter for this year included things such as security and defense from cyber attacks. Roughly one hundred attendees were present, including engineering scholars from MSU.

“Today, 19,286 men and women have great careers in furniture industry, manufacturing furniture, in Mississippi and that number has grown recently,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough said. “Payroll from the furniture industry is approaching half a billion dollars a year. It’s a very important part of our economy.”

You can find more info at this link: http://www.wtva.com/news/local/Annual_summit_attracts_manufacturers_to_MSU.html

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“Basically, you declined because you were successful.”

Columbus Remains In Top 10% Of Economic Strength

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Nammo Talley Ammo Has Lowndes In Its Sights

Nammo Talley Ammo Has Lowndes In Its Sights

Jackson, Mississippi — March 8, 2016

LogoNammo154pxNammo Talley munitions manufacturer announced today that they have been awarded a five-year, $97.2 million contract which will create 12 new jobs in Crawford, Mississippi, for the production of ammunition for the Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon system. Their local facility was designed for the assembly and storage of SMAW munitions and similar products. This contract will allow for the re-opening of the facility, which was temporarily closed down in 2014.

“This is a huge win for our program team and for our operation in Mississippi,” said Jim Mullis, general manager of Nammo Talley’s Mississippi operations. “We have received outstanding support from the Mississippi Development Authority, Golden Triangle Development LINK, East Mississippi Community College Workforce Training and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security in re-establishing our operations here.”

For more information about Nammo Talley, visit www.nammo.com.

Full article here: https://www.mississippi.org/general/new-ammunition-contract-firing-up-nammo-talley-operations-in-lowndes-county/

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HottyToddy’s Scott Coopwood on MDA’s Glenn McCullough

Excerpts: Scott Coopwood on MDA’s Glenn McCullough

Governor Phil Bryant’s team has a special department dedicated to bringing manufacturing concerns to Mississippi as well as helping our existing industries expand. It is called the Mississippi Development Authority, also known as “MDA.”

HottyToddy.com's Scott Coopwood

HottyToddy.com’s Scott Coopwood

From recent conversations with friends I have had over the last month or so, I’m amazed to discover they are not aware of this agency of they have never even heard of it. However, this department is vitally important to the state and it has been in business for decades, although the name has been changed a few times. The Mississippi Development Authority and that team who provided the heavy lifting, who actually wrote the plans and proposals that helped Toyota and Nissan make the decision to put plants here.

Glenn McCullough is the current head of the Mississippi Development Authority based in Jackson across from the Capitol.

McCullough’s long career is significant … McCullough’s leadership in northeast Mississippi is huge and in the coming years, the state will benefit greatly from his long career and current efforts. Simply put, the state of Mississippi could use more economic developers like Glenn McCullough.

To learn more about the Mississippi Development Authority, visit www.mississippi.org.

Full article at the link: http://hottytoddy.com/2016/03/07/coopwood-on-mississippi-development-authoritys-glenn-mccullough/

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Restaurant news in Columbus — Parkside Diner, New & Improved Burger King Coming Very Soon!

Restaurant news in Columbus — Parkside Diner, New & Improved Burger King Coming Very Soon!

 

William Browning of the Commercial Dispatch brings news to tantalize your tastebuds:

Danny and Wendy Cameron, who once ran the Front Door/Back Door in downtown Columbus have announced their latest venture: Parkside Diner. It will be located at 2625 Main St, in the old Shipley’s Donuts building across from Probst Park, and is expected to open its doors as soon as the end of the month; possibly in early April. The venue is designed to evoke the look and feel of a 50’s-style diner, complete with a jukebox, 45’s on the counter, and – eventually – real rootbeer floats and milkshakes.

They will offer soups, salads, and sandwiches as their primary fare, with Mennonite-baked bread delivered fresh every morning. A breakfast menu is in the works, as well. At first, they plan to be open from Tuesday through Saturday each week, from 10 AM to 3 PM each day, with a small staff.

On the fast food front:

The Burger King at 119 AlabamaBurger_King St near the Food Giant is currently undergoing extensive renovations –It is expected to reopen in about a week, on March 12, with a brand-new, expanded kitchen, totally re-done dining room, and a modernized exterior.

In addition, a new Burger King will be opening at 604 18th Ave, next to the Cracker Barrel. It is expected to open in mid-June, and will employ 30-40 local workers. It will be built at the former location of Smith’s Landscaping, which has moved into the old Barnhill’s building just down the street, and is open for business as we speak!

For info on these and more: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=48614

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50 Jobs Heading To Golden Triangle

50 Jobs Heading To Golden Triangle

Jackson, Miss.  —

sleepmade logoThe Golden Triangle area is home to all sorts of manufacturing companies that bring new jobs to our area, and another one is on its way! Officials from Sleepmade, manufacturer of advanced sleep products, announced on Wednesday morning that the company will be investing $1.415 million in our economy, and creating 50 jobs by locating manufacturing and distribution operations in Lowndes County. Our region is already a powerhouse, and this is just one more notch in our belt, proving that we have what it takes to compete on the national scene. And that’s Good for Business.

“I am glad to welcome Sleepmade as the newest business partner to the state of Mississippi and appreciate the company for creating new job opportunities for the residents of Lowndes County and the surrounding areas,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “‘Made in Mississippi’ is a stamp of quality around the world. I know the productivity of the Golden Triangle region’s workforce will help ensure Sleepmade enjoys many years of success in our state.”

Read more here: http://www.wcbi.com/local-news/50-jobs-heading-to-golden-triangle/

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New Dealership/Development In Starkville On Track

New Dealership/Development In Starkville On Track

parker mcgill dealershipThe new Parker-McGill mega-dealership project on Highway 12 is moving along right on schedule; the investors announced this week that they are ready to open a temporary lot to begin selling vehicles. The group is investing $21 million into the 26-acre parcel, with plans for multiple car dealerships, residential units, and office space in the very near future. The ambitious project was fueled by a $3 million TIF bond, which was used to fund significant infrastructure on the site. All told, the site could eventually bring nearly a half million dollars per year into the local tax base, on top of the impact on the workforce.

The temporary lot should be open for business within the next thirty days or so, and the full dealership complex is planned to be up and running by the end of August.

The Starkville Daily News has more:   http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/content/parker-mcgill-dealership-open-temporary-lot

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