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Governor Bryant unveils BP economic development projects

Bryant made the announcement as the RESTORE Council was about to convene its meeting in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News) Bryant made the announcement as the RESTORE Council was about to convene its meeting in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

On Wednesday, Governor Phil Bryant unveiled more than $54 million in economic development projects.

Bryant made the announcement as the RESTORE Council was about to convene its meeting in Biloxi.

The list of eight proposed projects includes $17 million for the Gulfport aquarium, $10 million for a Jackson County road project and $5 million for a high speed Internet initiative. The projects will be funded with BP restoration money.

“We had suffered through Katrina and recovered; then the spill. Today is the day we are now on offense,” said Governor Bryant, as he unveiled the list of projects.

Prior to the RESTORE council opening its meeting, Governor Bryant held a news conference to announce the $54 million in economic development projects.

Hancock County's Port Bienville will receive $8 million for a loading dock project.

“The purpose of this project is simple. To expand the port's infrastructure to accommodate and attract more tenants and more investment,” said the governor.

Gulfport's aquarium project is in line to receive $17 million in restoration money.The mayor calls it a great "shot in the arm".

“We've got our design team going, we've got an actual MOU with the University of Southern Mississippi for some research, we're also in discussion with Mississippi State for some veterinary relationships. So it's really starting to come together in a great way,” said Mayor Billy Hewes.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will receive $4 million for a workforce training program.

“We are thrilled about the program, it's exactly what we needed here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With preservation and conservation and sustainability, the key to all of that is a trained workforce and we're well prepared to do that at Gulf Coast,” said MGCCC President, Dr. Mary Graham.

A road project in Jackson County, a corridor linking D'Iberville and St. Martin, will receive more than $10 million.

“That will go all the way now from 67 all the way to 609. So again, it's going to spur incredible economic development along that corridor that we've already seen D'Iberville take advantage of, so we want to get some of that in Jackson County,” said Senator Michael Watson of Pascagoula.

Also on the list of economic development projects in Mississippi is $2 million for a new hangar at Stennis International Airport, $1 million for the William Caray University School of Pharmacy and $1 million for an oyster aquaculture program.

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