JACKSON, Miss.–The big buzz around the Capital City and the Golden Triangle is a possible economic development deal that could mean jobs to an area ailing for several years. A special legislative session has been called and was set to start Friday at 10 a.m.
This session will cost you, to the tune of $30,000 per day. But, the pay-off will likely mean a sealed deal with a company whose name has not yet been announced that is expected to locate in Clay County.
That county’s unemployment rate was over 18 percent in March and has been high ever since Bryan Foods closed its West Point plant in 2007.
Not many details were widely known going into the session about the economic development project or the package of incentives that state lawmakers may be putting together. Those lawmakers got a brief briefing Thursday, but most were still not given the whole report, less than 12 hours away from the session start time.
Gov. Bryant issued this statement after calling for the session:
This is an exciting project and a great testament to the quality of our workforce.
That sentiment was echoed in this statement from Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves:
In this difficult and fragile national economy, creating an environment that encourages job creation has been our No. 1 priority. Gov. Bryant and our team at MDA have worked closely with us throughout this competitive process, and I anticipate the Senate will be eager to pass the proposed incentives. I fully support the project.
And House Speaker Phillip Gunn chimed in on the matter:
It’s always exciting when we are looking at creating jobs in Mississippi. I look forward to working with the Governor and MDA during this special session. They have done a great job working to attract potential employers to our state, which in turn create jobs for our citizens.
As of Friday morning, that was the only official word released, amid a sea of speculation by lawmakers and others eager to see more jobs.