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Mississippi investing more than $56.7 million in site development

Feb. 27, 2023

Source: Mississippi Development Authority

Jackson, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves announced the state of Mississippi is investing more than $56.7 million in site development projects throughout the state. Site development grant funds made available through the Mississippi Development Authority and Appalachian Regional Commission are assisting local economic development entities in their efforts to spur economic growth by attracting new industry to competitive, shovel-ready sites.

“To better position our state for further economic growth, we need to invest in our state’s roads and increase the number of project-ready sites across Mississippi,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “These investments will go an incredibly long way toward giving Mississippi the competitive advantage it needs to land more economic development projects and deliver more high-quality, high-paying jobs for Mississippians.”

MDA recently awarded a total of $1,988,988 through its Site Development Grant Program for projects in the Ready Sites and Premier Sites categories. Ready Sites require a minimum of 20 highly developable acres, and the site must be work-ready within six months and must be capable of having 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 must have attributes that distinguish them from other properties, such as being in high-demand locations, having large-scale, “mega”-development acreage or having significant utility infrastructure already in place. They also must have a labor force able to attract the intended market. Premier Sites are eligible to receive up to $250,000 in funding. Those awarded funding include:

Ready Sites

Claiborne County Port Commission – $17.5K for completing environmental due diligence at Claiborne County Port

Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce – $34K for completing environmental due diligence at Cleveland Municipal Airport

City of Fulton – $27,048 for flow assessments on the natural gas system for the Port Itawamba Harbor site

Greene County – $50K for environmental due diligence for 20 acres at the Greene County Industrial Park

Pearl River County Board of Supervisors – $50K for completing environmental due diligence and clearing of 10 acres at Pearl River County Technology Park

Wayne County Board of Supervisors – $25K for environmental due diligence at Meadowlands Industrial Park

Yalobusha County Economic Development District – $16,190 to complete environmental due diligence at Gardiner Industrial Park

Premier Sites

Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce – $250K for clearing, excavating and drainage improvements at Charles W. Dean Industrial Park

Economic Development Authority of Jones County – $250K for updated environmental due diligence, extending of existing roadways and constructing temporary railroad crossing at the I-59 South Industrial Site

Harrison County Development Commission – $150K for environmental due diligence at the GST Site

Hinds County Economic Development Authority – $119,250 for environmental due diligence and site clearing of trees and brush at Wynndale Industrial Center

Marion County Economic Development District – $250K for environmental due diligence and access road improvements at the Marion Regional AirPlex and IndustryPlex

Industrial Development Authority of Neshoba County – $250K for road improvements at the Neshoba County Industrial Park

Pike County Economic Development District – $250K for tree removal, signage, clearing and grubbing, along with creating a building pad, at Gateway Industrial Park

Rankin First Economic Development Authority – $250K for clearing and grading at the East Metro Center Rail Site at the EMC Industrial Park

MDA also has committed $35,623,841 in Site Development Grant – Select Sites funding. The Select Sites program was created in 2021 to increase the number of highly competitive industrial sites in the state that are available and ready to meet prospective companies’ needs. Thirty-two of the state’s top publicly owned industrial sites were evaluated by Greenville, SC-based Strategic Development Group, which was contracted by the state’s electric utilities. Of these sites, the following have been invited to apply for Select Sites funding, based on current funding availability:

Select Sites

EagleOne – Forrest and Lamar counties – $9,901,513 to clear the site and build an all-weather road

Vicksburg River Megasite and Port Complex–Warren County – $4,948,086 for wetlands mitigation

Martintown North –Union County – $1,230,018 for land purchase, tree removal, design work and due diligence

RailHub South –Alcorn County – $3,307,300 to study electric capacity at the site, improve ingress and egress and clear acreage

Megasite at Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park – Marshall County –  $2,048,813 to improve wastewater capacity

Oxford-Lafayette County Industrial Park – Lafayette County – $3,274,000 for clearing, improving road infrastructure and grading

Jackson County Aviation Technology Park – Jackson County – $3,265,552 for clearing and upgrades to the water service

Coldwater Site – Tate County – $100K for due diligence

Madison County Mega Site – $5,083,360 for access road extension with another entrance

Pearl River County Industrial Park – Pearl River County – $2,250,000 for access road improvements, clearing and grading

George County Industrial Park – $215,200 for clearing, grading, access road improvements, make rail access plans and plans for water and wastewater

Governor Reeves has approved Martintown North, RailHub South and the Megasite at Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park for ARC funding totaling $9,317,880 and invited those sites to submit full applications to ARC for ARC Southern Appalachian Automotive Worker funding.

Governor Reeves also has approved funding in the amount of $9,803,700 to assist with port improvements. The projects approved are:

Port of Aberdeen – $803,700 for site improvements, rehabilitation and new truck scale house

Port Bienville – $2 million to build a new warehouse

Yellow Creek Port – $1 million to construct dry storage and equipment building

Amory Port North – $2 million to a build berth wall to improve loading and unloading

Port of Pascagoula River Harbor – $4 million to build rail cargo foundation with storage and staging

“With this great inventory of sites, we show the world our doors are open for business,” said MDA Interim Executive Director Laura Hipp. “MDA and these communities take pride in helping companies to a fast and successful launch with these shovel-ready sites.”



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