Oxford 2024 CoBuilders Winners Announced at UM Innovation Hub

The Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation in partnership with the University of Mississippi has announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Oxford CoBuilders Business Pitch Competition.  The competition, held Wednesday June 12th at the UM Innovation Hub at Insight Park, featured six entrepreneurial teams pitching to a judging panel of five local business owners and entrepreneurial […]

WISPR Systems

Mississippi company providing cutting-edge technology WISPR Systems, a US-based drone manufacturer, is renowned for its versatile, rugged, and reliable commercial drones. Headquartered in Batesville, the company also handles shipping, receiving, and research and development from Nesbit, with its manufacturing operations based in Corinth. Founded in 2016, WISPR Systems is dedicated to producing dependable and affordable […]

Dan Gibson

We caught up with Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson and asked about his life journey, his mentors, and his job leading one of the oldest city’s in the nation through its struggles and recent growth What was your first job? My first job was raking magnolia leaves for an elderly friend of my mother’s in the […]

Meridian-Headquarted Business is a National Player

Castle achieves success through family, hard work, and honesty Founded in 1999 by Mike Castle, Sr. and originally called Progressive Pipeline, the company now known by the family name Castle since 2021, has become a major player in the energy sector. Castle builds infrastructure, working in the oil and gas arenas, as well as on […]

Transforming Madison County

Joey Deason’s blueprint for economic success Thanks to Amazon Web Service’s recent decision to establish two data center campuses with a staggering $10 billion investment, Madison County is set to undergo an unprecedented economic transformation.  This monumental achieve-ment, spearheaded by the leadership of Joey Deason, Executive Director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority, marks […]

Chickasaw Nation Breaks Ground in Tupelo

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led groundbreaking ceremonies June 26 to kick off construction of the Chickasaw Heritage Center located within the tribe’s historic Homeland in Mississippi. “The future of the Chickasaw Heritage Center will be many things to many people, but for us, as Chickasaws, it is the next step forward in the realization […]

Gulf Coast Business Council 

Helping shape major policies in Southern Mississippi By Lisa Monti The Gulf Coast Business Council was formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when devastated communities in coastal Mississippi faced an unknown future and years of rebuilding. Nearly 20 years later, the nonprofit organization is still helping to shape major policies in the state’s three […]