Governor Phil Bryant has notified the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors, by letter dated December 17th, that their Small Municipality Limited Population County Grant application was approved by the Mississippi Development Authority for funding with a $120,000 grant for road improvements to the Industrial Park Road in the Industrial Park in Philadelphia. Neshoba County submitted the application with the assistance of East Central Planning and Development District. The approval was dated December 1, 2018. Neshoba County will match the grant funds authorized with funds to complete the project which will reclaim the existing road, provide a new road base and then surface the road with an anticipated cost in excess of $300,000. The Industrial Park Road currently serves the Taylor facilities in the Industrial Park but would also serve new facilities to be constructed in the park. "This funding demonstrates Neshoba County's commitment to community needs in Mississippi. I commend you for this initiative to improve the quality of life in your community," said Governor Bryant in the letter. The Neshoba County Board of Supervisors would like to thank Senator Jenifer Branning and Representative Scott Bounds for their support and assistance in obtaining this grant and through funding provided by the Mississippi Legislature.
Assistance with public facilities and infrastructure is the goal of the Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Grant Program. The small municipalities and counties that may apply under this program include: Small Municipalities and Counties – a municipality in the state of Mississippi with a population of 10,000 or less or a county with a population of 30,000 or less according to the most recent federal decennial census at the time the application is submitted.