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Musgrove mum on deal but calls special session

JACKSON – At a Governor’s Mansion press conference Nov. 1, Gov. Ronnie Musgrove announced a special legislative session – the second one for economic

development this year.

In August, the Legislature convened to consider Musgrove’s new plan for economic development, the Advantage Mississippi Initiative. Many in the state’s business

community considered the new package of incentives critical to attracting industrial development.

Speculation that Nissan will build a $1-billion automotive manufacturing facility on a site near Canton has intensified in recent weeks.

Official word has yet to come from state or Nissan officials, but most economic developers, legislators and business and industry leaders expect an announcement after

final details are resolved during the special session Nov. 6.

The governor did confirm that Mississippi is under consideration by a major international automotive company.

“The success of the special session on Monday is critical to the advancement of economic prosperity and success in our state, particularly as it relates to this project,”

Musgrove said.

According to the governor, legislators will consider site preparation, transportation and trade. He refused to release specifics until the bill is delivered to the House and

Senate.

Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said that plans for a cloverleaf traffic exchange on Interstate 55 near the site are nearing completion.

“We’ve been working on it. It’s practically designed,” he said. “It’ll be a very fast track if all of this comes about. We’re optimistic that it’s going to happen.”

Contact staff writer Elizabeth Kirkland at ekirkland@msbusiness.com or (601) 364-1042.

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