Harrison County, Miss. – Harrison County Development Commission (HCDC) proudly announces that they have earned certification as a Project Ready site for the new Global Axis Industrial Park in Saucier. HCDC and Mississippi Power invite the public to attend the certification announcement ceremony on Wednesday, March 23 at 1:15 p.m. in the Sunset Beachside Room at Great Southern Club, Gulfport.
Project Ready is an industrial site program formalized by Mississippi Power’s economic development department in 2008 to attract new industries to Southeast Mississippi.
One of the fastest growing trends in the site location business is the demand for “Project Ready” industrial sites. Companies move much faster today than in the past when making site location decisions. These companies want sites ready-to-go and relatively “risk free.” Harrison County has already passed the qualifying steps to meet this growing demand.
“This important certification puts us one step closer to bringing business into our newest industrial park,” said Larry Barnett, executive director of HCDC. “With our Project Ready status and Harrison County’s tremendous business amenities, we have a complete package to offer site selectors. We appreciate the role Mississippi Power has taken as a leader and partner in economic development.”
Certification indicates that the local economic development agency has done all of the pre-work on their site. They understand ownership issues, engineering issues and any obstacles to development – and they have a plan for addressing them. Plus, they know what it will cost and how long it will take to bring infrastructure to the site.
“Across the country, we’re seeing that certified sites are a proven advantage to lure industry,” said Mississippi Power Economic Development Director Arnie Williams. “We have seen how certified sites have brought major projects to other communities and the positive impact they have on the regional economy. We want Harrison County to see its share of this kind of growth.”
Mississippi Power has retained McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), a site selection consulting firm based in Greenville, S. C., and Waggoner Engineering Inc., based in Jackson, Miss. The MSC team is responsible for providing the site criteria, preparing the request for information and conducting site visits. In the process, they provide the Harrison County Development Commission with feedback on site strengths and weaknesses, suggestions for site improvements and marketing recommendations.
Next steps include a coordinated marketing program under the Project Ready brand.