State of Mississippi Announces Two Site Development Grants for Pearl River County

Pearl River County Technology Park

Governor Tate Reeves announced late last week that the State of Mississippi is continuing to support the development efforts of Pearl River County through the announcement of two site development grants from the Mississippi Development Authority. Pearl River County was awarded a $50,000.00 Ready Site – Site Development Grant for the Pearl River County Technology Park, located in the City of Picayune near the Picayune Municipal airport, and a $250,000.00 Premier Site – Site Development Grant for the Pearl River County Industrial Park, located in the City of Poplarville near the intersection of Highway 26 and Interstate 59.

“Mississippi is attracting record-shattering private sector investment in large part due to our strategic and proactive approach to site development,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “We’ve made wise investments that have yielded tremendous dividends for Mississippi and our people. It’s really important that we continue prioritizing investments in infrastructure and further expand the availability of project-ready sites to win even more private sector investment. Mississippi makes it easy for companies to relocate here, and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”

When expanding on Governor Reeves’ statement, Senator Hill said, “I truly appreciate the support and leadership from Governor Reeves and his continued investment in Pearl River County. The development of both the industrial park and technology park will support our future workforce development efforts in creating high paying jobs for the people of Pearl River County. We received a large portion of this disbursement and it is a testament to the state’s commitment in the development of our region.” The technology park property is located in House District 108 which is served by Representative Stacey Hobgood-Wilkes who commented, “investing in Pearl River County and growing our local economy are my highest priori􀆟es. I am very apprecia􀆟ve of this new site development funding and I look forward to seeing con􀆟nued growth in Picayune and Poplarville.” Further north, the industrial park resides in House District 106 which is served by Representative Jansen Owen who stated, “the developments and growth of the Pearl River County Industrial Park make be both excited and proud for the future of my district and the entire county as a whole. The impacts of the future industrial investments and new job creation will have significant economic impacts on the entire region.”
Pearl River County Technology Park

Malcolm Perry, President of the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors stated, “Pearl River County is grateful for the continued support and partnership from Governor Reeves, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Legislature, Senator Angela Hill, Representative Jansen Owen, Representative Stacey Hobgood-Wilkes and Representative Timmy Lander and for the steady partnerships with both the City of Picayune and City of Poplarville. Economic development is a long game that requires strategic planning and a dedicated team. By working together, we are continuing to make Pearl River County and this region a great place to live, work and play.”

The Site Development Grant program at the Mississippi Development Authority is made possible each year because of the Mississippi Legislature. The recently announced site development funds are in addition to the Select Site – Site Development funds Governor Reeves announced at the end of 2023, the Pearl River County Industrial Park was obligated $1,350,000.00 with this announcement for site development and road improvements to Highway 26 in front of the industrial park property.

Pearl River County Industrial Park

“In total, Pearl River County has been awarded $1,650,000.00 in site development grants funds over the past three months from the $20,000,000.00 in site development funds the Mississippi Legislature approved last session. These site development funds are critical in making both the industrial and technology parks competitive for future industry recruitment. The continued investments and improvements made at both parks are creating premier sites that will be used to recruit new industries that will make strategic investments in our community and create high paying jobs. I have been lucky to serve in my position for the past three years and I have witnessed Pearl River County strategically align its focus on economic development and site development. I’m incredibly excited that the community and region will soon be able to see first-hand the results of all our efforts and a more economically competitive Pearl River County,” said Lindsay Ward, Director of Economic Development for Pearl River County.


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