JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) – Governor Tate Reeves announced that the State of Mississippi is investing nearly $25 million in site development projects across the state. This includes Columbia New Generation Park in Marion County.
The Mississippi Development Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission, and RESTORE Act help local economic development entities drive economic growth by attracting new industries to competitive, start-up sites.
“Ready-to-go sites are a top priority for businesses looking for a new location,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “By investing in these sites today, we are laying the foundation on which businesses can quickly locate, grow and create jobs for future generations of Mississippians.”
The MDA recently awarded a total of $1,637,983 under its Site Development Grants program for projects in the Ready Sites and Premier Sites categories.
Ready sites require a minimum of 20 highly developable acres and must be ready for operation within six months. They must also be able to have utilities on site within 12 months. Ready sites are eligible to receive up to $50,000 in funding.
Premier sites require a minimum of 100 acres and have attributes that set them apart from other properties, such as being in high-demand locations, having large-scale “mega” development acreage, or having significant utility infrastructure already in place. square. They must also have a workforce capable of attracting the target market. Premier sites are eligible to receive up to $250,000 in funding.
Those who have secured funding include:
• Sites ready
- Marion County Economic Development District – $50,000 for environmental due diligence and compensation at Columbia New Generation Park
- Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce – $25,000 for performing environmental due diligence at the Cleveland Industrial Park
- Jones County Economic Development Authority – $50,000 for drainage improvements at Howard Industrial Park
- Greene County Board of Supervisors – $50,000 for environmental due diligence at the Greene County Railroad site
- Harrison County Development Commission – $28,000 for the installation of broadband in the North Harrison County industrial complex
- Walthall County Board of Supervisors – $49,983.20 for clearance and design and construction of an entrance to US Hwy. 98 Locations
- Yellow Creek State Inland Ports Authority – $50,000 to conduct environmental due diligence and clearing and grubbing at the Boothe property development at the Port of Yellow Creek
• Premier Sites
- Community Development Foundation – $250,000 for the construction of a construction site and an expansion site, and the initial construction of an access road to the HIVE Business Park
- Hancock County Harbor and Harbor Commission – $250,000 for environmental due diligence at Port Bienville Industrial Park Site #1
- Madison County Economic Development Authority – $250,000 for clearing and grubbing at the Madison County mega site
- Panola partnership – $85,000 for the engineering/design of an elevated water reservoir at the Panola County Airport Industrial Park
- Rankin First Economic Development Authority – $250,000 for the construction of a construction platform at the East Metro Center rail site in the EMC Industrial Park
- Smith County Economic Development District – $250,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Smith County industrial site
The MDA has also committed $11,642,589 in Site Development Grants – funding for selected sites.
The Select Sites program was created to increase the number of highly competitive industrial sites available for potential business needs.
The following sites have been invited to apply for funding for the selected sites based on current availability of funds:
• Select sites
- University of Southern Mississippi – The Garden, Forrest County – $3,465,504 for clearing, grubbing and grading and construction of an access road
- Site I-59 South, Jones County – $553,600 for access roads and clearing
- Supply Chain I-59 Park (at Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport), Jones County – $3,402,858 to improve sanitary sewer capacity; build a construction platform and make the intersection modifications
- Belwood Industrial Park, Adams County – $1,825,977 to complete the construction of the dike and make drainage improvements
- Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex – Site B, Warren County – $1,368,000 for watercourse mitigation, drainage improvements, water and sewer system upgrades, and entrance improvement design
- NorthStar Industrial Park, Oktibbeha County – $679,775 for permits and wetland mitigation; clearing, grubbing and grading; and the development of an all-round access road
- Springs Industrial Park, Marshall County – $346,875 to thin and fell trees
“MDA commends each of these communities for taking the initiative to ensure their sites are competitive and ready to meet the unique needs of businesses across a wide range of industries,” said Laura Hipp, Interim Chief Executive Officer of MDA. “Mississippi is a great place to do business, and the continued development of these industrial sites is another attribute we can add to our strong portfolio of competitive business advantages.”
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