BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Leaders with the Salvation Army just learned their Center of Hope project will get $1.3 million in Restore Act funding. That announcement came from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Five other projects just found out new funding would be available. That list includes the Mississippi Gulf Coast Water Quality Improvement program, the USM Oyster Hatchery and Research Center, a Jackson County North Rail Connector, a National Oceans and Applications and Research Center, and Mississippi Coliseum and Convention Center Site Capacity Improvements. The coliseum project receives more than $3.5 million.
A news release says the total amount of the grants for those projects more than $27 million. When you add the new projects to funding already approved, the coast has already been promised more than $80 million in funding for projects recommended by the GoCoast 2020 Commission. That group was established to determine the best way to utilize Restore Act funds in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill.
When Governor Phil Bryant heard the latest news, he seemed elated. "This will be an important step in the continued recovery of our Gulf Coast," he said.