BILOXI – The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) announced that the Project Bulldog won the 2020 Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) on July 8.
The CEDA program is a “Best Practices” program intended to recognize exceptional contributions of communities in the State of Mississippi for the following efforts: business retention & expansion, business recruitment, community development and community involvement.
Project Bulldog was a major economic development win for Alcorn County and the entire state of Mississippi. Mission Forest Products announced their decision to locate a pine sawmill operation in Alcorn County, bringing 130 jobs with an average wage of $55,000 and a $160,000,000 investment with them. Their investment in the region will grow massively over time, as they will buy their raw timber within a small radius, positively impacting the local timber market for years to come.
Winning this project took a total team effort, and the team included many entities. The Mississippi Development Authority, Tennessee Valley Authority, Alcorn County, City of Corinth, Appalachian Regional Commission, Corinth Gas and Water, Farmington Water Association, The Alliance, and The Alliance’s Industrial Land Fund.
RailHub North, the site that located this project, had no shortage of challenges that had to be overcome. These challenges included: lack of an access road, water and sewer infrastructure, rolling hills and being covered in timber. Through the above entities aggressively working together, all challenges were overcome and Alcorn County ultimately won the deal.
Construction is underway and Mission Forest Products is set to begin production in 2022.