Millions of dollars in grants will go toward improving infrastructure in the delta region. MPB's Ezra Wall reports.
The Delta Regional Authority says $15 million in grants will help complete eight infrastructure projects in Mississippi. The projects range from sewer projects in Cleveland and Lexington to establishing an urgent care clinic in Belzoni. DRA co-chair Chris Masingill says infrastructure projects aren't glamorous, but they're important.
"Infrastructure investments, as we all know in the business, create good-paying jobs today while, quite frankly, laying the foundation for a stronger economic future," says Masingill. "When you're talking about sewers and access roads and clean water, they are truly the building blocks for Mississippi to continue to attract, keep and expand the great global companies that we have. We want to see more of that come to the Delta region, because we've got the skilled workers and we certainly have the entrepreneur spirit."
The Delta Regional Authority says the eight projects are expected to create 1,000 new jobs.