WLOX Editorial: We hope new port director will bring promised jobs to area

Our congratulations to Jonathan Daniels for his appointment as Executive Director of the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport. He has the full backing of the board with a unanimous vote.

Daniels certainly has the credentials serving in the same position at the Port of Oswego in Upstate New York. Daniels says he plans to establish the premier port facility on the Gulf Coast.

He faces challenges for the nearly 600 million dollar port expansion. At first projections after Hurricane Katrina were that the expansion would create 5,000 new jobs. Now the number is 1,200 new jobs.

Daniels called the project a "once in a lifetime economic development opportunity." We agree, this is a great opportunity.  We hope Mr. Daniels will indeed bring those jobs to South Mississippi and help our economy grow.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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