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NASA’s Stennis Space Center earns agency’s Small Business Administrator’s Cup Award

NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis has been awarded the agency’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup. The award is presented annually to recognize the NASA center that has the best overall small business program. It is the second time Stennis has earned the cup in the award’s eight-year history. Stennis first received the cup ...

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MDMR begins program to rebuild oyster reefs

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources this week began a program to rebuild and revitalize oyster reefs in the western Mississippi Sound. Employees and contractors started a multi-phase project to plant 350 acres of cultch material on several reefs over the next few weeks. “The purpose of this project is to restore Mississippi’s oyster reefs and increase future production,” said ...

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Visits to Mississippi Gulf Coast are on the upswing

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Coast tourism leaders are touting improved numbers for 2016, saying that 6.2 million people visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast last year.  Their goal of 7 million visitors by 2020 is well within reach and hopefully attainable before then. “We truly believe that one voice is working,” said Renee Areng, Executive Director of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Areng notes ...

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The Roost brings new rooms and restaurant to downtown Ocean Springs

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS On the west end of Ocean Springs, steps from a vibrant downtown and beautiful Front Beach is a historic building recently renovated for mixed-use as a charming boutique hotel, casual restaurant and office space.  Built in 1894, the building formerly known as The Porter House was purchased and renovated by Joe and Jessica Cloyd, Roxy and Ted Condrey, ...

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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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