Posts Tagged ‘grant’

Shipbuilder wants grant for skills-training facility

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has applied for a $1.3-million state grant to build a basic skills training annex to the nearly complete Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy. Jackson County has requested proposals for professional services, such as engineering, for the project. Officials tells The Mississippi Press the 4,105-square-foot multi-purpose classroom that will be able to […] [...]

Federal audit finds millions in grants misspent at MDMR

BILOXI — A federal audit has found millions in grant money administered by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources was misspent. The government said MDMR and the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson were awarded 100 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grants from the U.S. Department of Interior totaling $99.8 million from fiscal year 2009 through […] [...]

Troubled state agency receives audit report from OIG

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has received a copy of the Office of Inspector General’s final audit report. According to an MDMR news release, the state agency is working with federal agencies to resolve the identified concerns issues with grants awarded from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program. MDMR said while most issues […] [...]

School superintendent turns down ‘Excellence for All’ funding

GREENWOOD — School superintendent Montrell Greene has declined $50,000 in to facilitate a national “Excellence for All” initiative in Greenwood. It was money awarded to the district last year. The program aims to give students more than one path to graduation, and in some cases it allows them to begin college-level courses while in high […] [...]

Fish and Wildlife awards grant for bat disease study

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $42,248 in federal funds for white-nose syndrome projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the grants will support research and detection of the fatal bat disease, and response to it. States also will use the funds to monitor bat populations. Mississippi is among 28 states receiving grants. Fish and […] [...]

Screw Conveyor expanding with DRA funding

WINONA — The Delta Regional Authority is investing $102,215 in the expansion and renovation of manufacturing facilities for the Screw Conveyor Corporation located in Winona. Screw Conveyor Corporation specializes in bulk material handling equipment used in the food processing, chemical and agriculture industries. It also has plants in Hammond, Ind., and Visalia, Calif. It employs […] [...]

Troubled state agency selling boats worth estimated $400K

BILOXI — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources will open bids July 16 for two large fishing vessels once owned by a foundation run by the agency’s former director. WLOX-TV in Biloxi reports the vessels are a 36-foot Topaz and a 42-foot Californian. They are docked in Biloxi and are worth an estimated $400,000. A classified […] [...]

Draft audit raises questions about spending at Marine Resources

BILOXI — A draft federal audit questions spending of $30 million of federal money by the embattled Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and others. The draft audit, sent to local and state officials in February questions spending not only by the department, but in Hancock and Harrison counties, reports the Sun Herald. Few issues arose […] [...]

Accounting firm finds problems at troubled MDMR

BILOXI — The head of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources said today that the agency is “susceptible to fraud, waste and abuse” and must change its own work environment. Jamie Miller’s comments came as he released results of an accounting firm’s review of the agency. It was conducted during Miller’s first 60 days as […] [...]

USDA awards loans, grants to three power associations

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Loans and grant funds will be provided to applicants in 11 states to support businesses, improve the quality of medical care, and create or save hundreds of jobs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program. Three electric power associations in Mississippi are receiving loans and/or grants. […] [...]

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