Business briefs (July 1)

June 30, 2014 

Biloxi Main Street wins top awards

Biloxi Main Street program received designation as a Nationally Accredited Main Street Community for its commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization and Director Kay Carter won two of the top awards at the annual meeting of Mississippi Main Street Association in June.

Biloxi won Best Retail Promotion for its Doubloon Deals program that encourages people to frequent local businesses for special discounts.

Carter was one of two recipients of an Excellence in Main Street Manager Scholarship for outstanding leadership. She will receive $500 to attend the regional Destination Downtown conference.

She was recognized for her leadership through Hurricane Katrina, the national recession and BP oil spill, and for restoration of the 108-year-old Bond-Grant House, the incubation of Gallery 782, the creation of Grillin' on the Green and the Downtown Farmer's Market Festival series.

Ingalls Shipbuilding gets $76.5M contract

PASCAGOULA -- Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Monday received a $76.5 million fixed-price contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to purchase long-lead materials for the eighth National Security Cutter, Midgett (WMSL 757).

Construction and delivery of Midgett would take place at the company's Pascagoula facility.

Jim French, Ingalls' National Security Cutter program manager, said the advance procurement helps the company get the best cost for equipment and materials and keeps the industrial base production line flowing. The funds will be used to purchase steel, main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings.

Ribbon cuttings scheduled:

Today: 2 p.m. Alan Belcher MMA & Fitness Club, 1417 24th Ave., Gulfport

Wednesday: 4 p.m. Level Nightclub, 820 Vieux Marche, Biloxi

Public union can't make nonmembers pay

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining.

In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take.

-- Staff, wire reports

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