Month: May 2021

Ten County Development Groups Win Excellerator Grants from Entergy Mississippi

In the competitive world of economic development, everyone is looking for that extra edge. Ten Mississippi communities will get help with that in the form of 50/50 matching grants from Entergy Mississippi’s Excellerator Competitive Communities program. In its fifth year, the program helps county economic development organizations pursue projects that make them more attractive to …

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Kohler Power Increasing Manufacturing Capacity in Hattiesburg

Kohler Power, manufacturer of engines, generators and uninterruptible power supplies, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Hattiesburg. The project will create 75 jobs. Kohler Power has had a manufacturing presence in Hattiesburg since 1998. There, the company produces air-cooled engines for a variety of applications, including KOHLER home standby generators. Kohler Power is adding a …

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MEC STAR Program Honors 2020-2021 STAR Students & STAR Teachers

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, MEC’s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program recognized the academic achievements of the state’s Top 20 ALL STAR Scholars, ALL STAR Teachers, and Hall of Fame Teacher Inductees at an awards ceremony at Mississippi College. The theme for the 2021 Education Event was “Strength & Resilience.” This year, more than 300 …

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Small Business Administration Funds 16,000 Restaurant Revitalization Fund Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration will begin delivering economic relief from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, established by the American Rescue Plan and signed into law by President Joe Biden, to more than 16,000 approved applicants. This first round of funding represents over $2 billion of relief awarded since last Monday’s successful program launch. Restaurants and …

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Ingalls Shipbuilding Extends 29 Full-Time Job Offers to High School Seniors

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division has extended full-time job offers to 29 high school seniors across coastal Mississippi and Alabama who have successfully completed Ingalls Shipbuilder Academy. “These students earned a place in this program because of their mechanical skills and academic performance, and by working hard and maintaining great attendance,” said Edmond Hughes, …

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BullsEye Public Affairs Receives Highest Industry Honor

BullsEye Public Affairs recently announced that it has been awarded three coveted National Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). Hailed as “the Oscars of political advertising,” the Pollie Awards are the industry’s highest honor bestowed upon political consultants at the national and international level. BullsEye was recognized for its exemplary work …

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Hankins Lumber Adding 43 Jobs in Grenada Expansion

Governor Tate Reeves recently announced a new expansion to Hankins Lumber in Grenada, MS. Hankins Lumber is adding new sawmill operations, Hankins Timbers, to their existing business enterprise. The project is a $12.5 million corporate investment and will create 43 jobs. “Mississippi’s agriculture industry is our state’s top economic driver, employing tens of thousands of …

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First Commercial Bank Successfully Completes Leadership Succession and Commencement of Strategic Growth Initiatives

The Board of Directors of First Commercial Bank, headquartered in Jackson, recently announced the bank’s executive leadership succession plan made public one year ago is now complete. Effective May 1, 2021, Curt Gabardi is First Commercial’s President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Alan H. Walters, who continues serving the bank as its new Chairman of …

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