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Cooperation is the Key

April 2, 2008 Leave a comment

Monday, as a Leadership Jackson alumni, I attended the 100 Black Men Economic Development luncheon.  MEDC member Steve Rogers, President and CEO of Parkway Properties was the speaker.  He talked about The Pinnacle, their 9-story building going up in downtown Jackson.  His main topic, though, was cooperation.  He said they have projects in many of the major cities in the Southeast and they always cooperate with city officials and many others to bring these projects to fruition.  They also cooperate with prospective tenants to meet their needs so they will sign on.  We hear this more and more in economic development.  Good job, Steve!  We are certainly proud of all Parkway Properties has done for us in Mississippi and elsewhere.  Keep up the good work.

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Bay St. Louis, Waveland and Pass Christian – Pristine coastline

April 2, 2008 Leave a comment

This past weekend I traveled to Waveland with Phil.  While he was in meetings all day Saturday, I took the opportunity to drive the coastline from Bay St. Louis west to the Silver Slipper Casino.  While it is very sad, it is also very beautiful!  Of course, most of you know this was ground zero of Hurricane Katrina.  When you are driving along, you have the white sandy beach on one side and the vacant slabs on the other side.  A few large houses have been rebuilt and a few Katrina cottages have been constructed, and there are lots of old oak trees with their beautiful branches.  The devastation  has for the most part been cleared.  There are lots of for-sale signs, too.  It was a very misty day where you could not see too far past the sand or past the first few lots.  It appeared ghostly.  Some people were enjoying the beach.

I also attended Art in the Pass at Pass Christian where local artists were selling paintings, ceramics, stained glass, drawings, jewelry and other crafts.  A Shakespearean play was being presented on the lawn.  Food vendors provided local cuisine.  Live local music was being performed.  It was very well attended.  The Pass has many of its large coastal homes still standing among the oaks, but there is a section on scenic boulevard where there are only slabs.  I took some photos and will be posting them soon.

Everyone should see the Mississippi coast as it is now.  I’m sure the people who used to live there miss it terribly.  I hope they will be able to move back soon.