The Mississippi Development Authority has awarded 17 Site Development Grants totaling more than $2.7 million to economic development organizations and local governments throughout the state. The Premier Site and Ready Site programs assist in developing site-ready locations to attract more jobs and capital investment to the state.
Among the recipients were Itawamba County, Prentiss County, Tishomingo County and Union County, with grants totaling $800,000.
The Premier Site program requires a 100 percent direct local match, a minimum of 200 acres and a labor force to attract the intended market-workforce study. The Ready Site program requires a 100 percent direct local match, a minimum of 20 acres, and the site must be work-ready within six months and must be able to have utilities on site within 12 months.
Grants for 11 Premier Sites totaled $2,518,834, including:
- East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (Lauderdale County) –
- $250,000 for site clearing and earthwork, resulting in a 310-acre, rough-graded site at the I-20/I-59 Industrial Park
- Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority (Harrison County) – $42,284 to prepare a Section 404 permit for submittal to DMR/USACE for wetlands mitigation and construction approval at the 241-acre John Hill Blvd. Site at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
- Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission – $250,000 to develop a technical plan for infrastructure development, parcel siting and wetlands mitigation planning at the newly acquired 846-acre site at the Stennis International Airport (totals 1,246 acres); includes cultural resources and endangered species assessments
- Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport Authority (Jones County) – $250,000 for clearing and grubbing 166 acres (of the most developable 212-acre site) at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport and grading a road bed leading into the site
- Itawamba County – $250,000 for sewer system improvements at the 140-acre Fawn Grove Industrial Park in Fulton to increase the sewer capacity; county is also doing grading work at the site
- Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (Rankin County) – $250,000 to clear and grub 100 acres at the 808-acre Jackson Metro Aeroplex site at the Jackson airport, do roadway earthwork and water/sewer improvements
- Madison County Economic Development Authority – $250,000 to construct a road to provide access into 325 acres of the 1,027-acre Madison County Megasite
- The University of Southern Mississippi (Forrest County) – $250,000 to update the development concept and master plan for the 505-acre Innovation and Commercialization Park; also updating due diligence, demolishing outdated structures, building out infrastructure and adding signage
- Union County – $250,000 to construct a 12-inch water main leading into the 200-acre (145-developable acreage) Martintown North Industrial Park
- Warren County Port Commission – $226,500 to conduct due diligence on 200-acre Site B at the Ceres Industrial Park along I-20; also doing testing and design for an access road
- Yellow Creek State Inland Port Authority (Tishomingo County) – $250,000 to update due diligence and grade, shape and surface the existing access road into the park and construct a pad at the Yellow Creek Port South Premier Site
Grants for six Ready Sites totaled $218,600, including:
- Economic Development Authority of Jones County – $8,350 to update due diligence on 174 acres of the 442-acre, rail-served I-59 South Site
- Harrison County Development Commission – $50,000 for clearing and grubbing 72 acres in the Bernard Bayou Industrial District and related design and engineering work
- Meridian Airport Authority (Lauderdale County) – $50,000 to grade and level a levy at the 130-acre Key Brothers Aviation Site at the Meridian Regional Airport and mitigate low-lying areas with the fill
- Prentiss County Development Commission – $50,000 to install a new, paved access road to the 55-plus-acre West Prentiss Site; the road will give direct access from Mississippi 45 to the site; also grading and leveling to increase the size/functionality of the pad from seven to 24 acres
- Rankin First EDA (Rankin County) – $50,000 to clear and grub 27.5 acres at the EMC Preferred Site at the East Metro Center Industrial Park, bringing cleared acreage to 50
- Warren County Port Commission – $50,000 for due diligence on the 55-acre Site C at the Ceres Industrial Park