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Hancock County joins workforce development initiative

Hancock County is participating in a comprehensive workforce program to develop a “pipeline” of skilled workers who meet the needs of local businesses and industries. Hancock County is among the newest to join the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative which is used throughout the nation to develop a more productive workforce and encourage economic growth. The ACT initiative “is a ...

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Areng joins The Focus Group agency in Gulfport

The Focus Group, a Gulfport advertising and marketing agency, has hired Renee Areng as the new Vice President of Business Development. Areng has more than 20 years experience in the tourism sector, most recently as the Executive Director of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. Areng will be pursuing clients in the tourism sector, as well as in other key business sectors. ...

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Golf carts keep Bay St. Louis moving

By LISA MONTI Given the fact that golf carts have become such a popular way to get around Bay St. Louis, especially on sunny weekends when Old Town’s bars, restaurants and shops are in full swing, the Mississippi Coast city’s motto “A Place Apart” could easily morph into “A Place of Carts.” They’re everywhere. People drive them to work, parents ...

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Biloxi firm Machado Patano to revive Katrina eyesore for its new headquarters

By JULIA MILLER Biloxi Mayor Andrew “Fo Fo” Gillich’s vision of a revitalized downtown has taken another step foward with the announcement of Machado Patano and M | P Design Group’s plans to renovate a 21,000 square-foot warehouse across from MGM Park. Jamie Barhanovich, Machado Patano’s business manager, said current plans are to relocate both the engineering firm Machado Patano, ...

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BRINGING BILOXI BACK — City leaders hope their proposed 5-year plan will revitalize downtown area

By JULIA MILLER For more than 50 years, downtown Biloxi has been facing a decline. Led by Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, the city has partnered with the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District to reverse that path with the hope that a revitalization of downtown will lead to economic growth for the area. “The goals, incentives, tasks and projects ...

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THE DAWNING SPACE ECONOMY — Governments and private companies are going all-out in what amounts to a new space race, and this region has a foot in both worlds

By DAVID TORTORANO Sometime next year at a site in south Mississippi, four RS-25 engines and the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System will roar to life in a teeth-rattling spectacle during a static test at the historic B-2 test stand. With a combined 2 million pounds of thrust, the engine core test at Stennis Space Center (SSC) will ...

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PROFILE: John C. Stennis Space Center

By DAVID TORTORANO John C. Stennis Space Center, north of Interstate 10 in South Mississippi, is a 14,000-acre secure complex surrounded by a unique 125,000-acre heavily wooded buffer zone. It’s where some of the most powerful rocket engines in the world have been tested, including 27 first- and second-stage boosters for the Saturn V. In 2008 the American Institute of ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Rising sea levels pose business challenges for the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By BECKY GILLETTE Sea levels around the world are rising at greater rates that were initially predicted. What does that mean for coastal areas like the Gulf Coast? Rising sea levels make the Gulf Coast more vulnerable to storm surge associated with hurricanes, said Dr. Torbjorn Tornqvist, chairman of the Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Science, who has ...

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Ocean Springs growing with two new developments

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Ocean Springs is poised for two new developments, both located on Highway 90, which will bring more jobs, more housing options and more retail to the Gulf Coast city. In east Ocean Springs, Tractor Supply Co. is currently under construction and plans to open in August.  A nationally known brand, Tractor Supply Co. is the largest operator of ...

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MCS insulation has ribbon cutting as it expands to the Gulf Coast

MCS Insulation announced its grand opening and ribbon cutting of its new location at 14321 Seaway Road, Suite C5 in Gulfport on Thursday. MCS Insulation customers are thrilled their insulation purchases are more easily accessible now. The company sells and installs fiberglass and spray foam insulation, a staple in home building. “We’ve used MCS Insulation on a few jobs and ...

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