Metropolis of Vicksburg seeks grant for challenge to construct entrepreneurship – The Vicksburg Put up

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Metropolis of Vicksburg seeks grant for challenge to construct entrepreneurship – The Vicksburg Put up



Vicksburg and Warren County financial improvement officers are hoping to land a $1.1 million grant that shall be used to assist space residents begin high-tech companies and develop high-paying native jobs.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen July 19 utilized for the U.S. Division of Labor grant below the WORC, or Workforce Alternative for Rural Communities, by the Delta Regional Authority.
Pablo Diaz, Vicksburg Warren Financial Improvement Partnership President and CEO, mentioned town will function the agent for the grant funds below a contract with Mississippi State. MSU will use the funds for the grant settlement.

If accepted, the grant would assist a satellite tv for pc workplace, staff and programming for MSU’s Middle for Entrepreneurship and Outreach on the Thad Cochran Mississippi Middle for Innovation and Know-how, or MCITy, challenge in downtown Vicksburg.
“If profitable in its bid to find at MCITy, the MSU-E-Middle will work with space residents to assist them begin high-tech companies and efficiently search funding,” Diaz mentioned.
He mentioned this system will cooperate straight with native governments, the Financial Improvement Basis, ERDCWERX and the opposite organizations that may find on the MCITy challenge.
“This grant is one other collaborative effort to create high quality programming that helps excessive tech entrepreneurship and excessive wage job improvement for the area. We’re excited that the Metropolis was capable of submit the appliance and we hope it should acquire the assist and approval of the Division of Labor,” Diaz mentioned.
Situated within the former Mississippi {Hardware} Constructing, MCITy was first proposed in 2017. On the time, it was seen as a challenge to advertise the event of recent know-how for various markets, know-how switch and entrepreneurship by offering a supply to assist individuals begin their very own corporations and compete for contracts with the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers or the U.S. Military Engineer Analysis and Improvement Middle.
Whereas that aim nonetheless exists, challenge officers mentioned MCITy’s attain is predicted to be broader to encourage innovation in quite a lot of methods.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State College with a level basically research. He has labored as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Put up employees since 2011 and covers metropolis authorities. He and his spouse attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he’s a member of the Port Metropolis Kiwanis Membership.

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