MDA awards WCEDP development grant

From staff and press reports

The Mississippi Development Authority recently awarded nine Site Development Grants to economic development entities throughout the state with Winston County receiving $25,000 grant.

“We are pleased,” said Gerald Mills, Winston County Economic Development Director. “This will help make one of our sites more accessible and more marketable.”

The matching grant program is designed to assist nonprofit economic development organizations or local governments in preparing available greenfield sites for industrial development.

The Winston County grant will help clear and setup property in the Stringer Industrial Park after some timber is sold and cleared from the area.

“This will improve and help create another well designed site for future industry,” said Mills.

The program is open to all economic development organizations and units of local government. Grant recipients are selected after MDA’s Grants Review Committee thoroughly reviews each application’s proposed site development and its potential for improving industrial recruitment efforts.

Applicants can only apply for one project and must match state grant dollars 1:1. Individual county projects are eligible for a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds from MDA, and multi-county proposals are eligible for up to $35,000 in matching funds.

“MDA’s Site Development Grant Program is a great resource for economic development organizations to access in order to increase their competitiveness when it comes to attracting new industry to their regions,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “Companies often seek locations that are shovel-ready so they can begin construction immediately, and this grant program assists in creating more shovel-ready sites throughout the state. We congratulate our partners at these nine organizations for being selected for these matching grants, and we appreciate their proactive approach to economic development and job creation.”

Recipients of Site Development Grant Program funds for 2013 in addition to Winston County are:

  • Panola Partnership
  • Washington County
  • Booneville-Prentiss County
  • Madison County Economic Development Authority
  • Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber and Industrial Development Foundation
  • Economic Development Authority of Jones County
  • Area Development Partnership
  • Hancock County Port and Harbor

About Mississippi Development Authority

Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency. Approximately 300 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, MDA provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians. For more information, visit MDA’s website at

Other economic development in the county updates:

  • Natron is still working on its facility design yet is moving forward with plans on hiring. Mills and others are hopefully the company will begin hiring in July with and will have finished product being delivered from the facility by August. Natron is working with Thomas Leadership Consultants as it seeks workers in the area.
  • OTR is presently reviewing and moving forward plans as they work with MDEQ on sites in Winston County.
  • The EPA superfund site cleanup is proceeding as planned with possible completion in the summer of 2014. “This will be a really benefit to the community once completed and returned to the city and county,” said Mills.
  • The workers at Louisville railcar repair facility continues work with hopes of completion by the end of the year.