NASA Shared Service Center Opens In Hancock Co.

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - State, federal and local leaders held a ceremonial ribbon cutting Thursday for NASA's newest addition to Stennis Space Center. It's the $33 million NASA Shared Services Center, which puts all of NASA's Human Resources services, procurement activity and financial management under one roof at the Hancock County facility.

Before the building went up at Stennis, those services were scattered among NASA's ten0 installations across the nation. NASA leaders say consolidating the services into one central location will save taxpayer dollars.

"This is a jewel that's been added at Stennis, about 500 jobs high tech high end. So it's a big job creator, but it adds even more luster to the high quality jobs that we have at Stennis," Gov. Haley Barbour said.

The building was funded by the state through a special appropriations bill signed by Governor Barbour. Stennis was selected as the location out of a field of six NASA facilities that were vying for the shared services center.