Craft Beer in Review – 2014

The craft beer segment concludes another successful year in 2014 with some astonishing statistics released by the Brewers Association earlier this week. “It’s remarkable to see how beer has evolved in the past century. Year over year we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector, and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into […]
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1 Million Cups, One Month In

A little over a month ago, Whitney Grant, Patty Patterson, Curnis Upkins, III, and I launched 1 Million Cups (1MC) at the Hatch in Jackson. Each week, we have two local entrepreneurs present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. The presenters prepare a six-minute educational presentation and engage in twenty […]
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Mississippi’s Beer Laws Need Reform

  Prior to Prohibition, some alcohol manufacturers used heavy-handed business practices to pressure retail establishments to promote their products aggressively, and exclusively in certain circumstances. These close knit relationships between the manufacturer and the retailer became known as “tied houses.” After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, many states added an intermediate level of distribution […]
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MDAH announces 2014 CHPG grants

Originally posted on Preservation in Mississippi:
From the MDAH website, posted December 3, 2014. $2.15M Awarded to Preservation Projects At a special meeting on December 3 the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History awarded more than $2 million on behalf of the Community Heritage Preservation Grant program to seventeen preservation…

Jackson, Mississippi Lands One Million Cups

Jackson will soon be the newest home of a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups — based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee — is a free, weekly gathering that helps to build startup communities on a grassroots level. Beginning […]
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Creating A Domino Effect

Here is my most recent article from Pointe Innovation magazine: http://innovatems.uberflip.com/i/381919/11      

To Preserve and Protect

Originally posted on Preservation in Mississippi:
John Poros with MSU School of Architecture sums it up-the Meridian Police Department matters. ? Designed by eminent Mississippi architect Chris Risher, the Meridian Police Department is a watershed of modernist design worthy of preservation. Reflecting international trends in architecture, the building represents Meridian’s aspirations in the 1970s to…

Our Cities Are Telling Us Stories…

One evening, you and your significant other decide to try a new restaurant in a trendy Jackson neighborhood before heading to a performance at Thalia Mara Hall. As you make your way through the pothole-ridden streets of Jackson, you hit a particularly bad pothole completely throwing off your alignment. Nonetheless, you continue towards the restaurant […]
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Be The Change Jackson

Jackson is no different than many other capital cities that fell victim to the rampant suburbanization of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. We are living in a time of extreme financial strain and have been dealing with a declining tax base for years. We have lost jobs due to the internationalization of manufacturing. Our grossly […]
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Incubating Craft Beer

  A North Carolina mill that produced Confederate uniforms during the Civil War will soon be converted into a craft brewery incubator. Constructed in 1817, Rocky Mount Mills operated until 1996. After various ownership changes and remaining largely unused since 2007, developers have proposed the idea of using the abandoned mill to house a craft […]
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