Ground broken on first PSC-funded natural gas expansion project

May 21, 2014

Energy

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. (PSC photo)

Brandon Presley

What does natural gas and economic development have in common? Job creation, says the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

Officials have broken ground on one of the first natural gas expansion projects funded by the PSC’s economic development initiative.

With the groundbreaking, Attala Industrial Park in Kosciusko will become one of the first beneficiaries of the Commission-approved economic development fund, receiving $2.1 million.

“I am proud to see that our innovative approach to bringing natural gas service for economic development is bearing real fruit. This project will bring jobs and opportunity to Kosciusko and Attala County, and it would not have seen the light of day but for the innovative approach the Public Service Commission has taken. This is one piece of an 82 county jobs program where we can work to help each county grow,” Commissioner Brandon Presley said.

The economic development fund was created in July 2013 with unanimous Commission approval. The approach to economic growth through access to natural gas is the only one of its kind in the nation, allowing Atmos Energy to invest a minimum of $5 million per year in gas expansion around the state for the purpose of job creation and economic development, according to a press release from Presley.

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