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TVA CEO Johnson highlights efforts, economic development impact

Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson is making a couple of stops in Tupelo today, bringing updates about the utility’s efforts to cut costs and to better serve the public. He also talked about the TVA’s economic development efforts. A few highlights of our interview with Johnson: In 2014 alone, TVA helped attract or maintain […]

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First Walmart Neighborhood Market in Tupelo to be built

It’s been talked about for some time that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been looking to build up to three of its smaller-format Walmart Neighborhood Markets in Tupelo. Now it’s official that at least ONE will be built.  This one will be about 40,ooo-square feet, at the corner of South Gloster and Carnation streets. As a point […]

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Posted in Business news, Economic development, Employment and jobs, National, New business, New Retailers, Northeast Mississippi, Retail News, Tupelo0 Comments

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Three Rivers’ Kelley named among top 50 economic developers

Three Rivers Planning and Development District Executive Director Vernon R. “Randy” Kelley III has been named one of North America’s top 50 economic developers for 2015. Kelley was named to the list by Consultant Connect, a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based consulting agency that links economic developers and site consultants. The economic developers selected were nominated by their […]

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Posted in Business news, Business newsmakers, Community development, Economic development, Mississippi Development Authority, Northeast Mississippi, Pontotoc, State, Tennessee Valley Authority, TVA0 Comments

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Toyota Mississippi celebrates building of 500,000th Corolla

Earlier today, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi plant in Blue Springs built its 500,000th Corolla sedan. As you can see, the workers decorated it a bit. It’s the fastest a Toyota plant in the U.S. has reached a half-million cars, all in a little more than three years (production began in October 2011). TMMMS beat […]

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Posted in Automotive news, Blue Springs, Business news, Economic development, International, Manufacturing, Northeast Mississippi, Toyota, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi0 Comments

There would be more buyers at the market if more companies – Mississippi-based in particular – would show i Tupelo. Just sayin'

OPINION: Mississippi furniture manufacturers should show at market

I wrote a column in today’s Daily Journal, suggesting that companies that make furniture in Mississippi should show at the Tupelo Furniture Market.  I was out of town for much of the day, but I received some calls with people agreeing with me. Now, you may not, and that’s fine – that’s what opinions are for. And no, […]

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Posted in Business news, Community development, Economic development, Furniture, International, Manufacturing, National, Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo, Tupelo Furniture Market0 Comments

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MTD Products acquires two businesses, expands market

Cleveland, Ohio-based MTD Products – the parent company of Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt, Columbia, Yard Machines, Remington, Arnold  and other brands – has acquired two businesses to give it a bigger share in the outdoor power equipment market. MTD has a major manufacturing facility in the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South in Verona, Details from MTD: With the […]

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Posted in Business news, Community Development Foundation, Economic development, International, National, Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo, Verona0 Comments

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Tippah County Development Foundation names new exec

Matthew Harrison has been named executive director of the Tippah County Development Foundation, effective Feb. 2.  According to the TCDF: Harrison will work closely with the  board of directors, local officials and local businesses to further their mission of promoting economic development in Tippah County. The TCDF utilizes strategic partnering to bring new businesses and jobs […]

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Posted in Business news, Economic development, Employment and jobs, Northeast Mississippi, Ripley0 Comments

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