Opportunities on horizon for Copiah County

Copiah County Economic Development District director Neil Honan is working on several projects that could bring great opportunities to the county over the next several months, his secretary, Brenda Harper, told the CCEDD Board of Trustees last week.  The board conducted its regular quarterly meeting last Wednesday in Honan’s abscence, while he has been recuperating from illness.

Of the projects, several involve companies wanting to build large facilities within a 100 mile radius of Jackson, Harper said, while one deals with a cold storage facility locating to the area.

Harper said that of the existing industries in the Copiah County Industrial Park, Advance Auto Parts is considering a $7.5 million expansion that will add 20-25 new jobs.  Also in the Industrial Park, the District is working with MDA to secure a grant to widen Meco Road to three lanes.

CCEDD president James Mitchell reported that the move from the Entergy building to the Depot in Hazlehurst had been smooth.  Representatives from towns in Copiah County gave postive reports to the board about opportunities for their areas in 2008.

Minutes from the October 10 meeting were approved and financials for the last quarter of 2007 were okayed before the board adjourned for the quarter.

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