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Gulf Coast Business Council selects 28 for Masters Leadership Program

The Gulf Coast Business Council has selected 28 Gulf Coast leaders to participate in the 2017 Masters Leadership Program. The program was developed in 2007 to identify and develop emerging leaders of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, while also serving as a “think tank” to create strategies to enhance the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The 2017 Program theme is “Blueprint Gulf Coast.” ...

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U.S. Department of Commerce invests $909,686 to expand shipbuilding workforce in Mississippi

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding an $909,686 grant to the Greene County Board of Supervisors of Leakesville, Mississippi, to expand an existing workforce training center that provides critical workforce training in support of the region’s ship building and marine industries. According to the grantee, the investment is expected to help create 250 ...

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Diamondhead projects moving forward

The City of Diamondhead has more than $2.2 million worth of projects under way to improve the city’s recreational assets, drainage and economic development. Here’s a look at the projects and their progress: The half-mile City Hall Exercise Fitness Trail should be completed by the end of April. Officials say the trail is centrally located for the convenience of residents. ...

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Art lessons are drawing tourists to stay and learn in Bay St. Louis

By LISA MONTI Bay St. Louis, a popular beachfront city that has earned spots on many a Top 10 list for its amenities and casual lifestyle, is known in large part for its robust arts community. Every month, the Second Saturday Art Walk through the Old Town showcases art galleries, musicians, artisans and others who contribute to the creative economy. Crowds ...

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Stonnington Farm creates fertile ground for grassfed beef in South Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Editor’s note: This is a condensed version of an article originally published in Stockman Grass Farmer. PERKINSTON — When Dr. Michael Stonnington first meets people and talks about his 378-acre grassfed beef operation, he doesn’t usually tell them that in addition to being a grassfed cattle farmer, he is an orthopedic surgeon. That is because people tend to think doctors have ...

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Susan Hunt named Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen

Susan Hunt dedicates her life every day to making Biloxi a better place, whether through being a career educator, or working with Biloxi Excel By 5 or helping spark an interest in the colorful traditions of Mardi Gras, and now the city and Biloxi Lions Club have taken note of her dedication. Hunt was recognized as Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen during ...

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Tractor Supply to open in Bay St. Louis

Tractor Supply Co., the retail chain that carries top brands for farmers, gardeners, homeowners and their pets, is coming to Bay St. Louis. The site is being cleared ahead of construction start. Officials of the new store, which will be built at 1220 U.S. 90, has created a lot of buzz ever since the building permit was issued for a ...

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B&D Plastics expands on Mississippi Gulf Coast, creating 35 jobs

Demonstrating Mississippi is a place where companies can achieve sustainable growth and success, B&D Plastics, LLC is expanding in Gautier, Miss., on the Gulf Coast. The expansion is a $750,000 corporate investment and creates 35 jobs. “For more than 30 years, B&D Plastics has been a valued member of the Gulf Coast business community. The company’s expansion shows its commitment ...

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Another Mississippi city lowers Confederate-themed flag

A city that relies heavily on tourism is joining several other local governments in abandoning the Mississippi flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gillich has ordered the state flag pulled from display at all municipal buildings. City spokesman Vincent Creel said Monday that Gillich believes removing the flag will help the city’s 5.7 million ...

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