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Delta Could Benefit from New Economic Development Project

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GREENVILLE, Miss.–Some of the benefits of a new economic development project announced Wednesday to go on two sites in Madison County, could come to Delta counties. Gov. Tate Reeves announced that two data complexes will be built, one near Canton and the other just north of Jackson.

The company or companies, names not announced yet, would be investing $10 billion in Mississippi’s economy.

“To ensure that the power can be delivered, you’re gonna see significant investments that are not included in the $10 billion in a lot of counties that are not called Madison County,” said Reeves. “I think you’re probably gonna see significant investment in Washington County. I think you’re probably gonna see significant capital investment in other counties throughout the Mississippi Delta, because to generate this kind of power it’s gonna require that.”

After last week’s announcement about the electric vehicle battery plant planned for Marshall County, state Rep. John Hines, who represents Washington, Bolivar and Issaquena counties, complained that the Delta and other areas west of I-55 were seeing too few of the economic projects being announced.

The data complexes are the largest economic project ever announced for the state. State lawmakers meet in a special session today to agree to put $44 million toward the project, the majority of which goes to training.