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11/17/14 Governor Bryant Releases FY 2016 Executive Budget Recommendation Gov. Phil Bryant 11/14/14 ALGIX Holds Grand Opening of New SOLAPLAST Facility in Marion, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 10/23/14 Villa International Locating Operations in Belmont, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 10/21/14 Mars Food North America Expanding in Greenville, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 10/15/14 Ice Industries Expanding Operations in Grenada, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 10/10/14 Innpack, Inc. Locating Operations in Olive Branch, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 10/07/14 Calbee North America Locates Operations in Senatobia, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 10/02/14 Mississippi Named Best State to Practice Medicine by Physician's Practice Gov. Phil Bryant 9/30/14 Columbia Parachute Company Expanding Operations in Columbia, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 9/29/14 Avectus Healthcare Solutions Expanding in Corinth, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 9/26/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Encourages Mississippians to Participate in 42nd National Hunting and Fishing Day Gov. Phil Bryant 9/26/14 Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Expanding Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss., Creating 900 Jobs Gov. Phil Bryant 9/15/14 Gov. Bryant Sets Special Election Date for Senate District 17 Gov. Phil Bryant 9/11/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Issues State of Emergency for DeSoto County Following Severe Storms and Flooding Gov. Phil Bryant 9/10/14 Newport Home Furnishings Expanding Operations in New Albany, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 9/09/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Promoting a Reliable, Affordable Energy Policy Gov. Phil Bryant 9/09/14 Mississippi One of Seven States to Receive Top Grade for Telemedicine Gov. Phil Bryant 9/02/14 HomeStretch, Inc. Expanding Operations in Nettleton, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 8/29/14 Gov. Bryant Comments on Hurricane Katrina Ninth Anniversary Gov. Phil Bryant 8/21/14 Chevron Celebrates Completion of Base Oil Project in Pascagoula, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 8/07/14 Mississippi Leaders Advocate Growth of LNG Export Market Gov. Phil Bryant 8/07/14 Philips Lighting Expanding Operations in Tupelo, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 7/31/14 Sun Herald - Age Is Just a Number and a Spot of Tea: Senate Speeches Headline Neshoba Gov. Phil Bryant 7/29/14 Governor Bryant Comments on Fifth Circuit Ruling Regarding HB 1390 Gov. Phil Bryant 7/22/14 Moon River Foods Creating 100 Jobs in Mississippi Delta Gov. Phil Bryant 7/22/14 Governor Bryant Comments on Halbig v. Burwell Obamacare Ruling Gov. Phil Bryant 7/18/14 MTM, Inc. Locating Medical Transportation and Call Center Operations in Jackson, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 7/18/14 Gov. Bryant Appoints Kathy Henry to Mississippi Parole Board Gov. Phil Bryant 7/18/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President - Illegal Immigration Gov. Phil Bryant 7/07/14 BorgWarner Expanding Operations in Water Valley, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 7/07/14 Green Bay Converting Locating Operations, 300 Jobs in Hattiesburg, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 7/07/14 BorgWarner Expanding Operations in Water Valley, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 7/02/14 Gov. Phil Bryant has named Gary Rikard to succeed Trudy Fisher as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Fisher, who has served as executive director since 2007, has announced her intentions to return to the private sector at the end of the summer. "Trudy has worked tirelessly in her capacity as executive director, and I thank her for her service. Under her guidance, Mississippi has responded to significant environmental disasters, and she has ensured environmental protection while leading the agency to achieve speed and efficiency in its permitting process--something that sets Mississippi apart among economic competitors." Rikard, a partner with Butler Snow, LLP, has practiced environmental law since 1996, serving as senior attorney at MDEQ from 1996-1998. Prior to earning his law degree, he worked as an environmental engineer at MDEQ, specializing in permitting and water quality compliance issues. He served more than 22 years in the Mississippi National Guard, retiring with the rank of Major. During his service with the National Guard, he served as assistant staff judge advocate, acting as the primary legal officer for environmental matters. "I am very pleased to appoint Gary to lead the Department of Environmental Quality," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "He has the legal and technical expertise to ensure that Mississippi's environmental conservation and economic growth priorities are achieved in concert with one another. He has worked for the agency previously in both a legal and in an engineering capacity, and his experience has prepared him well to take on this leadership position." Rikard's specialized legal experience includes negotiating complex permitting and enforcement issues before the United States Environmental Protection Agency and representing MDEQ before the Mississippi Supreme Court. He is experienced in a wide array of state and federal environmental standards including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Mississippi Air and Water Pollution Control Law and the Mississippi Solid Waste Act. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Christian Brothers University, has completed graduate studies in environmental engineering at the University of Mississippi School of Engineering, and holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is admitted to the Mississippi Bar and the Tennessee Bar. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity, and I am humbled by Gov. Bryant's choice and by his faith in me," Rikard said. "I look forward to the challenge and to leading an agency that is tasked with such an important mission." Gov. Phil Bryant 7/01/14 Mississippi Unveils New State Seal Gov. Phil Bryant 6/30/14 Laws Passed During 2014 Legislative Session Set to Take Effect Gov. Phil Bryant 6/30/14 Governor Bryant Comments on Hobby Lobby Ruling Gov. Phil Bryant 6/16/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Pursue Reasonable Energy Policy Gov. Phil Bryant 5/19/14 National Mobile Disaster Hospital Opens in Louisville, Filling Critical Medical Needs Gov. Phil Bryant 5/06/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Calls Special Legislative Session to Address Disaster Needs Gov. Phil Bryant 4/28/14 Governor Bryant Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Severe Weather Gov. Phil Bryant 4/28/14 CNN "Erin Burnett Outfront" - Transcript: Tornadoes in Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant 4/28/14 CNN "The Situation Room" - Transcript: Tornadoes in Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant 4/25/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Awarded NRA Defender of Freedom Award Gov. Phil Bryant 4/23/14 Gov. Bryant Signs Measure to Ban Abortions At 20 Weeks Gov. Phil Bryant 4/22/14 Governor Phil Bryant Signs Teacher Pay Raise into Law Gov. Phil Bryant 4/17/14 Gov. Phil Bryant, Toyota Officials Celebrate Production of First Corolla to be Exported from Blue Springs, Miss., Facility Gov. Phil Bryant 4/16/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Signs Measures to Protect Mississippi's Right to Work Status Gov. Phil Bryant 4/03/14 Governor Bryant Signs Senate Bill 2681 Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act Gov. Phil Bryant 4/02/14 Gov. Bryant Calls Special Legislative Session to Address Need for Additional Prosecutors Gov. Phil Bryant 4/02/14 Gov. Bryant Comments on 2014 Legislative Session Gov. Phil Bryant 4/02/14 Governor Bryant Signs Bill Giving Mississippi Sportsmen Annual Tax Holdiays Gov. Phil Bryant 3/31/14 Mississippi Enacts Comprehensive, Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reforms Gov. Phil Bryant 3/31/14 Mississippi Enacts Comprehensive, Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reforms Tate Reeves 3/26/14 Governor Bryant Signs Senate Bill 2571 Gov. Phil Bryant 3/26/14 Governor Bryant Signs TANF Reform Measure into Law Gov. Phil Bryant 3/17/14 Mississippi House Passes Funding for Trooper School Gov. Phil Bryant 3/17/14 Mississippi Legislature Votes to Adopt "Right on Crime" Criminal Justice Reform Measures Gov. Phil Bryant 3/12/14 Mississippi Legislature Adopts TANF Reform Measure Gov. Phil Bryant 3/12/14 Mississippi's Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since November 2008 Gov. Phil Bryant 3/06/14 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - Keystone XL Pipeline Gov. Phil Bryant 3/06/14 Mississippi Senate Adopts Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Measures Gov. Phil Bryant 2/28/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Army National Guard Cuts Gov. Phil Bryant 2/24/14 Gov. Bryant Named Delta Regional Authority State Co-Chair Gov. Phil Bryant 2/13/14 Scott County Superintendent, School Board Resign Gov. Phil Bryant 2/10/14 Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Measures Pass Full House Gov. Phil Bryant 2/10/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Winter Weather Gov. Phil Bryant 2/05/14 Governor Bryant Proclaims February Voter Registration Month Gov. Phil Bryant 2/04/14 Governor Bryant Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Severe Weather in Portions of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant 2/04/14 Mississippi Launches Cutting-Edge Website and Mobile App to Connect Employers and Job Seekers Gov. Phil Bryant 1/30/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Applauds Committee Passage of Measure to Use ACT as High School Exit Exam Gov. Phil Bryant 1/15/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Comments on Passage of House Bill 49 Gov. Phil Bryant 1/14/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Comments on Proposed Anti-Gun Legislation Gov. Phil Bryant 1/06/14 Opportunity Mississippi: Governor Phil Bryant's Strategic Plan Gov. Phil Bryant 12/30/13 Mississippi Welcomed More than 6,200 New Jobs, $1.03 Billion in Private Sector Investment in 2013 Gov. Phil Bryant 12/23/13 Letter to President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Pelosi - Clear Path for Trade and Investment Gov. Phil Bryant 12/20/13 Gov. Bryant Comments on Blue Cross-HMA Agreement to Reinstate 10 Hospitals Gov. Phil Bryant 12/17/13 Mississippi Announces Plans to Better Protect Public Safety and Cut Corrections Costs Gov. Phil Bryant 12/16/13 Gov. Bryant Issues Executive Order Affirming Mississippi's Right to Define its Own Public School Curricula Gov. Phil Bryant 12/11/13 Governor Bryant Announces "Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming" Gov. Phil Bryant 12/06/13 Gov. Bryant Comments on Sen. Cochran's Decision To Seek Re-Election Gov. Phil Bryant 12/05/13 Mississippi Ranked among World's Top Places for Oil and Gas Investment Gov. Phil Bryant 12/04/13 Industrial Timber Expanding Operations in Northeast Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant 11/25/13 BSP Filing Solutions/Finally, LLC Expanding to Manufacturing Facility in Starkville Gov. Phil Bryant 11/25/13 Jackson Furniture Locating Operations in Two Mississippi Locations Gov. Phil Bryant 11/21/13 Customized Distribution LLC Locating Distribution Operations to Jackson, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 11/18/13 Mississippi Earns Top Spot for Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Gov. Phil Bryant 11/18/13 2013 SEUS-Japan Meeting Adjourns Gov. Phil Bryant 11/14/13 36th Annual SEUS-Japan Joint Meeting To Be Held in Biloxi Nov. 18th Gov. Phil Bryant 11/13/13 Governor Releases Fiscally Responsible Budget Gov. Phil Bryant 11/07/13 Gov. Bryant Comments on Army Decision to Continue USM ROTC Program Gov. Phil Bryant 11/05/13 Gov. Bryant Elected Chairman of Energy Commission Gov. Phil Bryant 10/23/13 NASA Stennis Space Center to Test SpaceX Next Generation Rocket Engine Systems Gov. Phil Bryant 10/22/13 Gov. Bryant Issues Order to Temporarily Reinstate 10 Mississippi Hospitals to the Blue Cross Network Gov. Phil Bryant 10/10/13 Letter to John McHugh, Secretary of the Army - Reconsider Terminating USM ROTC Program Gov. Phil Bryant 10/02/13 Americans for Prosperity: Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge - Governors Gov. Phil Bryant 9/25/13 Governor Bryant to Host Motorcycle Ride Benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness Gov. Phil Bryant 9/24/13 Feuer Powertrain Locating First U.S. Manufacturing Operations in Tunica Gov. Phil Bryant 9/23/13 Yokohama Tire Corporation Breaks Ground on Manufacturing Facility in West Point, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant 9/19/13 Gov. Phil Bryant Comments on Mississippi's Economic Gains Gov. Phil Bryant 9/10/13 Governor Bryant Proclaims Day of Service and Remembrance to Mark 12th Anniversary of 9/11 Gov. Phil Bryant