Economic Development certifies two more Project Ready™ sites

Economic Development certifies two more Project Ready™ sites

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Mississippi Power’s Economic Development department has announced two more Project Ready™ industrial sites within a newly designated 1,100-acre development at John C. Stennis Space Center, adding to the nine other Project Ready™ sites that underwent certification in 2016.

The park contains two locations for industrial development, including a 250-acre industrial park configuration and a 150-acre large industrial site option.

“Mississippi Power is committed to partnering with companies that are interested in the many economic advantages offered by locating their operations in our state,” said Economic Development Director Brian Useforge. “Enterprise Park is designed to promote industrial development partnerships within Stennis. It offers two industrial site locations that are versatile. This Project Ready™ designation provides prospective companies with a clear path to development, which greatly reduces time, money and risk in their eyes. The certification helps us to better market this unique asset in our service territory.”

The additions at Enterprise Park add to the company’s portfolio of properties that are development ready and thoroughly vetted for use.

“The development would house multiple users within the site,” Useforge said. “We’ve clearly defined the infrastructure needs and met the criteria for these sites. It’s part of our approach as to what companies we want to attract to the area, and what their presence here will do for our economy.”

Along with Stennis, the company is partnering with the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission on these Project Ready™ sites.

“It’s been a great relationship,” said Don Beckmeyer, Stennis Space Center strategic business development manager. “Thanks to this partnership, we’re set up to bring in companies to look at Stennis and show them what we have to offer. These sites offer unique logistical advantages for potential businesses.”

Last year, Mississippi Power’s Economic Development department worked with Stennis in hosting a group of international visitors to promote potential unmanned system opportunities and business partnerships.

“We’re looking for high-tech type companies that could either fit within NASA’s mission or other local defense and military operations,” Beckmeyer said. “Specifically, these sites could house aeronautics companies or commercial businesses wanting to manufacture and assemble products, including those that produce unmanned aerial or underwater craft. There could also be opportunities for academic institutions as well.”

Janel Carothers, Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission chief development officer, said the area’s diversity of industries combined with the two Project Ready™ sites should work as even more incentive for businesses to come to South Mississippi.

“Businesses like Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne are already here,” Carothers said. “Those, combined with playing on the national asset that is Stennis, definitely makes these sites attractive. This project would be a heavy lift for us, so we’re thankful to Mississippi Power for this partnership.”

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