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Governor Stresses State Improvements


JACKSON, Miss.–The Delta was mentioned only in passing in Gov. Tate Reeves’s State of the State speech Monday evening. The governor stressed technology, innovation, education and bringing more industry to Mississippi.

“We must and we will do it all. from oil derricks on our coast, to solar panels in the Delta,” said Reeves, encouraging state lawmakers to support economic development and manufacturing. “I don’t care if it’s green wind power or black crude oil or anything in between, it’s going to be made in Mississippi.”

Reeves stressed the need to continue to develop sites that are ready for companies to occupy. He said efforts have been ,made to maintain 30 of them across the state, but did not specify where all of those sites are. He also stressed the need for Mississippians to be educated for the kinds of work that he expects to be available to future generations, like advanced manufacturing, agricultural manufacturing and another one that he stressed specifically.

“We should attract manufacturing for key components and assembly of small, modular nuclear reactors and expedite permitting and regulatory approvals for their rapid deployment within Mississippi,” he said.

Reeves also called on the state legislature to establish 12 more math and engineering schools modeled on the Mississippi School for Math and Science, so that students can have a leg up on the tech jobs that will be coming to the state with the construction of Amazon’s tech facilities in Madison County, which also includes construction and utilization of power facilities in Washington and Tallahatchie counties.

The governor also called on lawmakers to establish a “one-stop-shop” rail authority and to improve and shore up the state’s ports on rivers and the coast so goods made here can have strong speed to market value.