Robots will not replace plumbers

There are already plenty of reasons to worry about a recession coming along soon.  For starters, the U.S. economy — though not Mississippi’s — has been growing for a decade. The national unemployment rate has been below 4 percent for the last 10 months. By most measurements, we’re overdue for a downturn.

Local ownership helps communities

Author and economic development consultant Quint Studer sees a lot of different communities and makes an interesting point about what makes Columbia stand out: He  noted during a talk to the Marion County Development Partnership that he rarely finds a locally owned bank and was encouraged to see that in Columbia.


Be careful about web subsidies

Momentum is building across Mississippi to allow rural electric cooperatives to provide high-speed internet. The state House Public Utilities Committee passed a bill Monday that would do so, and it seems likely that the idea will ultimately pass with support from both Republicans and Democrats.



Beyond dumping copious amounts of rain across the South last weekend, Hurricane Barry forced the... READ MORE

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