Curnis Upkins III
Director of Business Development
Hinds County Economic Development Authority
“There are ample opportunities for construction companies in the area,” Upkins says. Chief among them is Continental’s $1.4-billion tire manufacturing plant under construction near Clinton, just outside Jackson.
Other work in the area includes a $25-million, 210,000-sq-ft waterbottling plant by Premium Waters near Byram that will finish in May and the District at Eastover, a $125-million, mixed-use development in Jackson.
The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum are also under construction and are being built adjacent to each other at a cost of $91 million. They are slated to open in December.
“A bill is now active in the [Mississippi] Legislature as well that would divert $21 million annually for infrastructure improvements in the Capital Complex District, mainly downtown Jackson, if approved,” Upkins notes.
In addition, the Jackson City Council recently voted to approve a $90-million bond for infrastructure upgrades throughout the city, he says.