» Legislature gave USM greenlight to sell, lease properties inside
Hattiesburg Business Today
The University of Southern Mississippi is set to begin marketing the approximately 520-acre technology park component of The Garden.
Once home to the university’s golf course, the innovation and commercialization park on Shelby Thames Drive already has curb cuts, water and sewer and fiber lines. But until this year USM lacked clear authority to sell and lease parcels. Mississippi legislators took care of that with a bill allowing USM to market the parcels, said Chad Driskell, USM’s vice president of external affairs.
“Now we have a clear path where the companies can come to the university and purchase a piece of land or enter into a long-term lease,” Driskell said.
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