August 01, 2017

Published on July 19, 2017 by Debra Flax

Mississippi Power’s Economic Development department recently announced the addition of two Project Ready industrial sites within a designated 1,100-acre development at John C. Stennis Space Center.

The two sites are added to the nine other Project Ready sites that underwent certification in 2016.

The designated space includes two locations for industrial development for a 250-acre industrial park 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,” Economic Development Director Brian Useforge said.

“Enterprise Park is designed to promote industrial development partnerships within Stennis,” he added. “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.”

Last year, Mississippi Power collaborated with Stennis in hosting international groups to promote potential unmanned system opportunities and business partnerships.

Don Beckmeyer, Stennis Space Center strategic business development manager, said, “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.”

In addition to Stennis, Mississippi Power is partnering with the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission on the new Project Ready sites.

“Businesses like Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne are already here,” Janel Carothers, Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission chief development officer, 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.”