January 11, 2013 In News
Jackson, Miss. –Economic development announcements dominated the first week of the 2013 legislative session, including news of business expansions that will create 550 new jobs, a celebration of Nissan’s 10 year anniversary in Mississippi and the addition of the company’s eighth model to its Canton production facility, and the groundbreaking for an expansion to the state’s school of medicine. Gov. Phil Bryant said these announcements set the pace for a year of supporting job creation and cultivating new investments in the state’s economy.
“Mississippi has been turning heads the last few days, with announcements of companies expanding and investing in their Mississippi operations and creating hundreds of new jobs,” Gov. Bryant said. “Our state will continue to grow our business-friendly climate, and my office will ensure Mississippi remains attractive to new businesses and supportive of existing ones. The team at the Mississippi Development Authority has done a remarkable job in helping make these projects happen, and I appreciate their hard work and drive to achieve.”
Gov. Bryant began the week by breaking ground on a new 151,000-square-foot facility at University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Medicine. The expansion will provide additional classroom and laboratory space, allowing the medical school to increase the number of students it admits to each incoming class from 135 to more than 160.
The new facility will further Gov. Bryant’s goal of adding 1,000 new physicians in Mississippi by 2025.
“This facility will help us reach our goal of training more physicians and providing better health care access,” Bryant said. “Plus, these new doctors will create a significant economic impact in the communities where they practice.”
According to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the larger class sizes afforded by the expansion will generate about $1.7 billion in economic impact in Mississippi by 2025. The increased the number of physicians who will train at the school is expected to support more than 19,000 new jobs in the state by the same year.
Also on Monday, Gov. Bryant traveled to Columbus to join Aurora Flight Sciences in opening its new 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The company will increase its commercial composites manufacturing operations and create 250 new advanced manufacturing jobs.
Gov. Bryant also announced global consumer products manufacturer Helen of Troy would locate a 1.3 million-square-foot distribution facility and more than 300 jobs in Olive Branch. The facility will be the company’s second in DeSoto County.
On Thursday, Gov. Bryant celebrated Nissan’s tenth year as a part of the Mississippi business community. He joined company officials in announcing the move of the Nissan Murano crossover model to the Canton facility. The Murano is Nissan’s flagship crossover; it will be the eighth vehicle built in Canton and will require several hundred employees for production. The Canton facility currently employs more than 5,000 people.