Builder Celebrates Business Growth In Long Beach

There was a celebration Monday for the first, new commercial building to open in Long Beach since Hurricane Katrina. J. Levens Builders hosted a ribbon cutting and open house for its facility at the Long Beach Industrial Park.

Jimmy Levens invested $6 million in the development. The building houses Levens' construction company, which employs 90 people. He is also leasing space to the "Science Applications International Corporation," which will create 50 jobs.

"This is going to help the community by bringing tax base to the Long Beach School District. And, hopefully, it's the start of getting things going in rebuilding the City of Long Beach and Harrison County on this side," Levens said.

Levens said he was able to expand, thanks to the Go-Zone Act. The federal program offers special tax incentives, or financing, to help businesses recover from Katrina.