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Mississippi casino revenue

Casinos in Mississippi’s river region won less from gamblers in April while casinos along the state’s Gulf Coast won more. State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $175 million last month, down three percent from $181 million in April 2016. April is traditionally a middling month for Mississippi casinos, compared to busy March fueled by […]
2 weeks ago
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Hancock County businesses hope to create 2,300 jobs after survey

Officials are trying to bring more career opportunities to Hancock County. After results from a ten month survey on industrial companies, county services and tourism sector businesses, Hancock County officials are set on developing an action plan on how to create more jobs and make the county more tourist friendly. More than half the company […]
2 weeks ago
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Economic Vibe in Gulfport

As National Tourism Week continues, members of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast met with fellow businesses to discuss travel on the Coast. 6.2 million visitors came to the Coast in 2016, an eight percent increase from 2015. Those visitors spent just shy of two billion dollars, up ten percent from 2015. Officials also discussed their current […]
3 weeks ago
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Economic growth in Mississippi

Economic growth accelerated in Mississippi in 2016, but still trails the national average. Mississippi’s economy grew 0.8 percent in 2016, compared to a 0.3 percent increase in 2015. Growth was led by retail trade and agriculture. The mining and construction sectors shrank. Nationwide, economic output rose 1.5 percent during 2016. Mississippi, with a $108 billion-plus […]
4 weeks ago
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Preparing for Conference USA takeover at MGM Park

Competition is tight between the 12 teams in Conference USA as the top 8 will earn a spot in the conference tournament. That tournament is slated to take place at MGM Park later this month. Today, News 25 got the first look at the roadside banners which will welcome the tournament crowds which have been […]
1 month ago
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Tourism meeting in Biloxi

The numbers are in for tourism on the Mississippi Gulf Coast during the 2016 fiscal year. According to Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, 6.2 million visitors flocked to the Coast in 2016, an eight percent increase from 2015. Those visitors spent just shy of two billion dollars, up ten percent from 2015. There were a total […]
2 months ago
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Cruisin’ the Coast $28.6 million impact

The entire state’s total economic impact from 2016’s Cruisin’ the Coast is up 35 percent since 2011. Officials predict future numbers to just keep growing. The numbers from the 20th annual Cruisin’ the Coast event were announced at a press conference in Biloxi this afternoon. The last time officials measured the economic impact of the […]
3 months ago
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Economic impact of Mardi Gras

Even though carnival season lasts just over a month, the impact for local businesses is more long-term. Thousands of tourists and locals pour into boutiques, restaurants, bars, and other businesses along parade routes, boosting revenue by double digits. For new businesses, like the coffee and tea spot Coast Roast in Gulfport, it’s not just about […]
3 months ago
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Creative Economy Workshop

News 25’s Bryan Kennedy interviews Betsy Rowell about the Creative Economy Workshop in MGCCC Perkingston Campus Feb 23rd.
3 months ago
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Mississippi economy

An expert says Mississippi’s economy is growing at a modest pace, but continues to lag behind the national average. Today, state economist Darrin Webb told lawmakers Mississippi has struggled to gain momentum since 2000. The state had the second lowest workforce participation rate in the nation in 2016. Only 56 percent of Mississippi residents who […]