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Mississippi is finalist for $500 million bio-defense project

By Arnold Lindsay


Mississippi is among the finalists in the running for a proposed a $500 million National Bio and Agrodefense Facility that would employ 400 workers.


The announcement was made in Washington today. Mississippi, which has offered 150-acre locations in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties, was among finalist sites in 11 states — culled from the 29 proposed sites submitted.


The lab will replace the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Long Island, N.Y., which was built in 1950. It will pay average salaries of $75,000 annually, with scientists holding half those jobs.

"Mississippians should be excited that our state is very much in the running to host and serve as a site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, but we must realize this is only the first step," Gov. Haley Barbour said in a statement. "Mississippi is the best place to locate this critical facility and we will continue to work closely with the Bush Administration and our congressional delegation to clearly demonstrate that fact.


"Mississippi being a semi-finalist comes as no surprise given the strong scientific team that has been assembled for this project. The biomedical research that is ongoing in our universities is world class. In our state we have the technical capacity and the intellectual prowess that makes us a perfect match for the NBAF project," Barbour said.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will question semi-finalists more before making a final decision in early 2007.

September 8, 2017
Baptist Memorial Health Care opening a 250 employee business office in downtown Jackson

Baptist Memorial Health Care announced Thursday plans to establish a regional business office in the Regions Plaza building in downtown Jackson.

Baptist will lease four floors at 210 E. Capitol St. occupying a total of 41,000 square feet of space that will house 250 employees.

July 19, 2017
Multicraft International celebrates New Division Opening - Creates 50 Jobs

Officials from Multicraft International, state and local leaders recently celebrated the grand opening of the company's new division, Multicraft Ventures, LLC, in Pelahatchie. The project is a $2 million corporate investment and creates 50 jobs.


July 17, 2017
Global Automotive Supplier Calsonic Kansei Expands in Madison

Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from global automotive supplier Calsonic Kansei announced the company’s expansion in Madison. The $16.33 million corporate investment creates 98 new jobs.

“Mississippi’s outstanding reputation in the automotive industry is known worldwide,” Gov. Bryant said. “Calsonic Kansei’s addition of so many new jobs in Madison once again puts our state on the global stage. The expansion proves we have the workforce and business climate to ensure industry leaders like Calsonic enjoy years of success in Mississippi.”

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