LNG plant to bring up to 35,000 new jobs to Southwest Mississippi, East Louisiana
Officials said a liquid natural gas plant coming to Port Gibson, Mississippi could bring up to 35,000 new jobs to the areas of Southwest Mississippi and East Louisiana.
In April 2019, the city of Port Gibson entered into an agreement with Houston-based gas company HESCO to bring the plant to the city.
Mayor Fred Reeves said three to four hundred jobs will be created for the plant's construction. He said he's heard numbers as high as 35,000 new jobs being created because of the plant in the long run.
Alderman Scott Davis said this is a huge step for an area that's been economically depressed for decades.
"It's hard for you to have your children grow up here and be able to stay here and find jobs," he said. "This gives us an opportunity for our people, our citizens, to be able to come back to this area and find good, decent, high-paying jobs."
Mayor-elect Willie White said he's excited about what this means for the city.
"For years, Port Gibson has been looking for some type of economic boost around here in this area, and I just feel that it's time we get our just due and rank among the other cities in our area," he said.
Mayor Reeves said construction on the plant is expected to start as early as January.