Cooperative Energy and its local member distribution cooperative, Dixie Electric Power Association, awarded a grant to the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Jones County’s I-59 Supply Chain Park project. The $50,000 grant is from the “Cooperative Competes” grant program for site development. The program seeks to increase the competitiveness of industrial sites in Cooperative Energy and Dixie Electric’s service areas.
Located adjacent to Interstate 59 midway between New Orleans, Louisiana and Birmingham, Alabama, the I-59 Supply Chain Park offers 20 to 124-acre parcels with interstate frontage. The industrial park is supported by both Jones and Forrest counties, allowing for additional public support for industrial park development.
The park is adjacent to the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (HLRA), which offers both commercial and general aviation services. The property is owned and managed by the HLRA Airport Authority; however, is not within FAA control, allowing for innovative land and incentive structures. Being located adjacent to the interstate, and within minutes of customized training at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Polymer Science Department and Jones College’s Advanced Technology Training Center, makes this park perfect for light manufacturing and distribution facilities.