CLEVELAND — The U.S. Commerce Department is giving $1.25 million to the city of Cleveland to build an access road to the new Grammy Museum of Mississippi.
The money will also help upgrade infrastructure on the campus of Delta State University, which is hosting the museum.
The Commerce Department announced the grant from its Economic Development Administration yesterday.
“We’re just really excited to get this news,” Cleveland Music Foundation President Lucy Janoush told The Associated Press.
The 28,000-square-foot museum is under construction on land that used to belong to Delta State’s golf course. It’s budgeted to cost $18 million and scheduled to open in fall 2015. Federal, state and local government funds, as well as private donations, are paying for it.
Janoush said organizers have been planning on the federal money as part of the $18 million budget.
“It fits in perfectly,” she said. “This will enable us to have the drive and the sidewalks and the infrastructure needs for the museum.”
There’s also $6 million in money from the state of Mississippi.
Supporters hope the museum will attract tourists to Cleveland and bolster the region’s economy. The museum itself will have about 10 workers, in addition to student interns from Delta State.
But in their grant application, organizers estimated that the project will create 187 jobs and generate more than $14 million in private investment. Janoush said that a new hotel is being built in Cleveland, and said she believes that the museum will also support jobs in other service industries such as restaurants.