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February 10th, 2016

Shooting the Golden Lobster in the Head

I’m the “Fast Casual” guy around here. And not just because of the way I dress. I’ve spent the better part of a decade supervising advertising and marketing campaigns for fast casual style restaurant chains. So when something big happens in the restaurant business, fast-casual or no, I’m all ears. This past Sunday all the talk was about Super Bowl 50. Peyton’s last game. Cam’s cockiness....
 

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February 9th, 2016

Improving College and Career Readiness: An Interview with Bud Kroll of Yonkers Partners in Education

Downtown Yonkers, New York. Photo by Flickr user samsebeskazal. Public education in Mississippi has been and will continue to be a hot topic for discussion in our state. Clearly, improving the college and career readiness of Mississippi students is a critical factor for improving our state’s economy. But how exactly do we get there? In 2014, Bud Kroll, a retired Wall Street veteran and volunteer for...
 

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February 2nd, 2016

Meet Jana Bell, The Lady Behind the Landmass

If you were in Mississippi during late August 2012, there’s a good chance you were watching The Weather Channel and killing time on Facebook. For MWB’s Jana Bell, those two worlds came together in a unique and memorable way when a Facebook page she created, The Landmass Between NOLA and Mobile, to make light of a Weather Channel gaffe that suddenly went viral. Set the stage...
 

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January 19th, 2016

Like I'm sure so many Americans have done by now, this weekend witnessed the final usage of one of the Christmas gift cards I received. Ok actually it was an Amazon gift card I received as a thank-you from FNC for being the kickoff speaker for their Forge hackathon event in December. So with purchases complete, we had $1.05 remaining on the card. I wondered what...
 

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January 13th, 2016

We’re very proud of all Kids Code Mississippi Contest Participants

We power the Fast Forward Mississippi initiative and are a sponsor of it's Kids Code Mississippi special project. With the support and patronage of C Spire, the Mississippi State Extension Service Tech Outreach/Intelligent Communities Institute, Visit Mississippi/MS Creative Economy Bureau, and several private citizens, we helped produce the first statewide student-based coding contest as part of Mississippi Innovation Month in November, 2015. Winners of this contest...
 

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October 8th, 2015

#ReThinkHighSchool can start here in JXN!

Ok folks, this is a big deal. If you're not familiar with the XQ Super School Project, please check it out. October 15-16, the XQ Roadshow WE THINK Booth will be in JXN at the Mississippi Children's Museum. The project is looking for "audacious" ideas for improving public high schools across America. Specifically: XQ is a nationwide project that calls on students, teachers, administrators, community leaders,...
 

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August 24th, 2015

MWB CreativeFire Podcast featuring HOPE Policy Institute

Host Tim Mask talks with Dr. Corey Wiggins about the work of the HOPE Policy Institute (formerly Mississippi Economic Policy Center). Discussion ranges from education to public health to workforce development. Tim also talks about the newest Kids Code Mississippi project with the Springboard to Opportunities organization.
 

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August 24th, 2015

Special MWBeer30: KATRINA – SURVIVING THE PERFECT STORM w/C SPIRE

After taking a hiatus in July, MWBeer30 is back on Friday, August  28th with a very special gathering. Terrell Knight, VP Government Sales & Economic Development with C Spire, will give a stirring presentation of how C Spire (then Cellular South), ultimately overcame the telecommunications challenges posed by the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. And as a special treat, MWB's own Jana Bell (the Landmass...
 

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August 17th, 2015

The digital boom heard ’round the classroom

Did you hear? There’s been a huge explosion in digital technology, and students today are right in the very center of it. 93 percent of 12-17 year-olds have computer access at home, 78 percent have their own cell phone; and 74 percent state that they go online occasionally via a cell phone, tablet, or other digital gadget.—Teens and Technology, 2013 Which is why digital literacy—the ability...
 

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August 12th, 2015

Mississippi in Space

A big part of #MWBSpaceWeek is recognizing Mississippi's historic and ongoing contributions to the American and International aerospace industry. As of today, virtually every major commercial airliner in service has a major component that was either manufacturered and/or tested in Mississippi. All of the Saturn V rocket engines that carried Astronauts to the moon were tested at Stennis Space Center, as were the shuttle engines. The...
 

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