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Comcast Announces Completion of Major Technology Upgrade in Jackson

(JACKSON, MS) – January 12, 2021: Comcast announced today the completion of a major technology investment in Jackson designed to enhance internet speeds and support the most advanced services to residents and businesses. “We truly appreciate Comcast’s continued investment in our state,” said Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves. “The pandemic has brought to light just how […]

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Mississippi Department of Employment Security Announces Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers

On December 27, 2020, the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 (Continued Assistance Act) was signed into law. Many unemployment provisions are now extended beyond their original expiration date of December 31, 2020, and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which expired July 31, 2020, is resumed for the week ending January

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SBA and U.S. Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially, only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday,

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MEC 2021 Legislative Priorities

Workforce Development Stress importance of National Career Readiness Certification for High School Students: Assessing the emerging workforce is vital to helping Mississippians develop the skills necessary for future jobs. A significant step in doing this would be to provide funding for all Mississippi high school students to take both the ACT® college readiness exam and

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C Spire Foundation Commits $1 Million to Help Fund Computer Science Education

Jackson, Miss. (January 7, 2021) – The C Spire Foundation made a $1 million commitment Thursday to assist school districts across Mississippi with implementing computer science programs in the classroom. One of the primary objectives of the C Spire Foundation is to support community efforts to improve educational opportunities in Mississippi, especially in the areas

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Hurricane Zeta Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Six Counties in Mississippi

On January 7, 2021, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available for six counties in Mississippi. Individuals in George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, and Stone counties in Mississippi, who were unable to work because of Hurricane Zeta may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. People who live

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MEC Statement on the Passage of HB 1

The Mississippi Legislature took a historic step in moving Mississippi forward with the passage of HB 1, officially adopting the “In God We Trust” State Flag. During the 2020 Legislative session, Mississippi Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to retire the former state flag. Last November, 72% of Mississippi voters approved the flag, which was chosen by a

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Governor Tate Reeves Announces Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Measures

Governor Tate Reeves has announced the decision to allow vulnerable Mississippians to have access sooner than expected to the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning January 11, individuals 75 and older will have availability to the vaccine. On January 18, Mississippians 65 and older will have the next available access. Executive order 1535 is still in effect until

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MEC’s The Voice of Business Podcast Highlights Capital Day and Legislative Session

MEC President & CEO Scott Waller is joined by Jason Word, Manager of Programs, Administration, and Policy, and Emily Wooten, Manager of Communications and Projects for this edition of The Voice of Business podcast! The trio breaks down what MEC members can expect from MEC Capital Day and the upcoming Mississippi Legislative Session. Click Here

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