Jackson County Leaders Position Community for Success
In the decade after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina the Jackson County Port Authority, the Board of Supervisors and the Economic Development Foundation worked seamlessly to leverage $130 million in Federal Katrina economic development grants to create thousands of jobs and spur $2.8 billion in private investment. Just as important as these immediate economic impacts were, the ways in which these projects strategically positioned the community for sustained long-term success are even more significant.
Jackson County has excelled in steering Federal funds to create jobs in diverse industries such as shipbuilding, energy, aerospace, petrochemicals and others. Long-term investments in workforce and career training facilities, improvements at the Port, surface transportation improvements, and airport improvements - all of these projects helping local industry become more competitive in the global marketplace, and improving prospects for new company locations.
This list of post-Katrina investments is long and includes corporate citizens: Chevron, Huntington Ingalls, Gulf LNG, Northrop Grumman, the Port of Pascagoula, BP, Zachry, VT Halter Marine, Signal International, First Chemical (a Chemours Company), Rolls-Royce and Signet Maritime.
It’s the private sector that creates jobs, but entities like the Port Authority, the Economic Development Foundation and the Board of Supervisors have to ensure all the pieces are in place to help local industry be successful. Strong local leadership assists industry with opportunities to grow and diversify - creating a healthy economy for the county and the region.
The Mississippi ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport signed agreements in Cuba on Monday with an eye to future business and with a Republican U.S. senator from the state
Ingalls Shipbuilding and VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula were among five companies that were awarded firm, fixed-price contracts from the U.S. Coast
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