At left, the rendering of potential expansion at the Neshoba County Industrial Park. The highlighted areas include a 60,000 square foot facility, three 100,000 square foot facilities and a 180,000 square foot facility. None of these proposed structures are guaranteed and can be changed if a new industry wants.
At left, the rendering of potential expansion at the Neshoba County Industrial Park. The highlighted areas include a 60,000 square foot facility, three 100,000 square foot facilities and a 180,000 square foot facility. None of these proposed structures are guaranteed and can be changed if a new industry wants.
A conceptual drawing, showing potential future development in the Neshoba County Industrial Park, was unveiled last week at the monthly meeting of the Community Development Partnership.

The drawing, provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority's Economic Development, showed space for five new potential industries which could be marketed in the near future, officials said.

CDP President David Vowell said the design shows some good options for additional land use in the Industrial Park.

The plan includes an extension to the current Industrial Park off Mississippi 19 north which is roughly twice the size of the current park or about 104 acres.

It includes space for five new structures: a 60,000 square foot facility, three 100,000 square foot facilities and an 180,000 square foot facility.

Vowell said that any new industry in the park would have close access to the municipal airport and the Kansas City Southern Railroad.

The drawing was created for preliminary planning purposes to illustrate the development potential of the park to prospective industries, Vowell said.

"It's all fluid," he said, noting that a company might want to come in and build a larger facility than what is listed.

The plans were made possible, Vowell said, by TVA and Philadelphia Utilities at the request of the Industrial Development Authority of Neshoba County and the CDP.

Vowell added that the plans would be part of a presentation presented in either August or September to the Mississippi Development Authority to be made available to potential industries.

Currently, the Philadelphia Industrial Park houses the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center, which includes D&E Woodworking, Mississippi Solar, US Lawns, James Bassett Poultry Supply, ECCC, American Red Cross and the WIN Jobs Center.

The park also has assembly and warehouse facilities for Taylor Machine Works and a facility for Sudden Service Incorporated.

In other action, the CDP board:

• Reported that only 140 more Giant Houseparty cookbooks are needed to be sold before the note is paid off.

• Listed Neshoba County's unemployment rate at 6.3 percent, one of the lowest in the state.

• Discussed work on the Marty Stuart Center with Vowell adding that Stuart has asked for members of the board to come see the artifacts in Nashville.

• Heard about a proposed trash pickup program for local businesses.

• Reported that a local developer had purchased a parcel of land on Weyerhaeuser Road to be cleaned up and landscaped.

• Was notified of an industrial announcement on Monday, July 21 and that Gov. Phil Bryant and Rep. Gregg Harper would be in attendance.

• Announced that a reception would be held Tuesday, July 22 at Philadelphia High School for new city school Superintendent Lisa Hull.

• Heard from Mayor James A. Young that that city expected to end the fiscal year in a "good way financially."

• Heard an update from Jason York of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians about the Silver Star's 20th Anniversary Celebration and the Choctaw Indian Fair.