PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Jackson County has accepted a $20
million grant to build a training center to supply workers to the
shipbuilding industry along the Gulf Coast.
The federal funds come from Hurricane Katrina community
development block grant money. Acceptance of the grant means the
county can formally work with architects and engineers on the
project. Some of that work has already begun.
The center will be built near Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. It
will benefit all shipyards, but Northrop will be the major tenant,
leaders said. VT Halter Marine and Signal International also would
use the facility.
Construction is expected to begin after environmental permits
are received in the fall.
Information from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com
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