Southeast Mississippi project wins economic development award

Southeast Mississippi project wins economic development award

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The Mississippi Economic Development Council recently announced that Hancock County’s SpaceX won the 2014 Community Economic Development Award.

Mississippi Power’s Economic Development Representative Melissa Morel was recognized for her work on this project.

Mississippi Power Economic Development team members, the Mississippi Development Authority, and the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission were among the agencies that worked together to locate SpaceX operations at Stennis Space Center. Space X tests Raptor methane rocket engines at the facility.

“Our staff works with local and state economic development partners to expand local industry and recruit new industry to our service territory, creating jobs and a new tax base,” said Mississippi Power Economic Development Manager Steven Dick. “We’re committed to developing the economic potential of Mississippi and our local communities.”

The CEDA program recognizes exceptional contributions of communities in the State of Mississippi for business retention and expansion; business recruitment; community development; and community involvement.

After economic development partners recruited SpaceX to visit Hancock County and inspect the dormant E-2 test stand at Stennis, SpaceX partnered with NASA for test stand upgrades. The renovations transformed the facility into an advanced high-pressure component test complex.