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Entergy Power Plant Project to Generate More Jobs and Opportunities

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GREENVILLE, Miss.–The Entergy power plant that is planned in Washington County, as part of the Amazon data centers project in Madison County and the north Jackson Metro, was directly referenced several times during the finalization of plans for the projects Tuesday.

“When Entergy invests in ensuring this power exists by investing in their facilities, say in Washington County and other counties, those billion dollar investments mean huge things to those local communities,” said Gov. Tate Reeves, after signing the bills that put into law the state’s financial and regulatory commitments.

Last week during debate on those bills some lawmakers said they were upset because it appeared there would be no permanent jobs in the Delta, and that the jobs coming from Entergy would be temporary, construction jobs. While that may be the case, Reeves said that Delta counties, Washington and Tallahatchie, would also likely see companies involved in construction make investments in local school districts.

Shannon Kellogg, one of the Amazon executives who was there for the signing ceremony, specifically mentioned the side jobs.

“We’re excited about all of the indirect jobs,” he said, “the electrical workers, construction workers, the small businesses that are providing services.”

The project, at $19 billion, is the largest economic investment by a private company in Mississippi’s history. Reeves said the majority of the $44 million being invested by the state will go toward training people to be able to work in high-tech fields.