McComb wins Entergy Mississippi makeover

October 18, 2012

Economic Development

Entergy Mississippi has awarded the city of McComb’s Depot District $100,000 as part of its 2012 Mississippi Makeover grant competition.

According to an Entergy press release, McComb must match the grant with at least $25,000 in cash and $25,000 of in-kind support.

The money will go towards revitalizing the rail town’s historic district, Ironwood Greenway and McComb Depot. Other projects will:

• Light the city’s historic coal chute

• Create a green screen with Leland cypress

• Restore period light fixtures

• Provide seating at an observation point and

• Erect historical markers.

“As Mississippi goes, so goes Entergy,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO. “Our employees live and work in the communities we serve. When the communities grow, so does Entergy, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to make our communities the best they can be.”

“By reclaiming our historic center, we’ll dramatically improve the first impression of rail travelers to our city. That will pay off in benefits to our city as tourism increases and our industrial rail customers see us as a city on the move,” said McComb mayor Whitney Rawlings.

McComb is situated on the Amtrak Chicago-New Orleans route and is also a vital freight route for the Canadian National Railroad.



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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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