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Bryant proposes $54M in economic development projects using BP money

Gov. Phil Bryant unveiled a list of proposed economic development projects that would be funded with BP money. (Photo source: WLOX) Gov. Phil Bryant unveiled a list of proposed economic development projects that would be funded with BP money. (Photo source: WLOX)
Gulf Coast Restore Council meeting in Biloxi (Photo source: WLOX) Gulf Coast Restore Council meeting in Biloxi (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Prior to the start of today's Gulf Coast Restore Council meeting in Biloxi, Gov. Phil Bryant unveiled a list of proposed economic development projects that would be funded with BP money.

That list includes $17 million for the Gulfport aquarium project and more than $10 million for a road corridor project between St. Martin and D'Iberville.

“We continue to propose and implement projects to support the economic and natural resource recovery of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the entire Gulf region resulting from the oil spill,” Bryant said. “We have formed effective partnerships with the other states and the federal agencies to ensure funds are spent in the most effective and strategic ways to restore and enhance our natural resources and our economy.”

The list also includes $2 million for a new hangar at Stennis International Airport, $8 million for a loading dock project at Port Bienville, $5 million for a high speed Internet project, $4 million for a workforce development project at MGCCC, $1 million for the William Carey University School of Pharmacy and $1 million for an oyster aquaculture program.

The project still have to be approved by the U.S. Department of the Treasury after a 45-day public comment period.

We will tell you more about what these proposed projects could mean for South Mississippi later tonight. Look for the story on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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