Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, Miss., will shift gears in May to become a Department of Defense mobilization center for troops being deployed to Iraq and other points, according to an AP source.
The source said the designation means about 6500 troops will report to Camp Shelby for training, classification and deployment.
The first several hundred will arrive in May and troops will continue reporting for about five months. A National Guard spokesman would not comment Monday. Gov. Haley Barbour is expected to announce the agreement Tuesday.
Brandi Brown, Grenada's director of tourism, said she received a call Monday morning from a local National Guard commander telling her to expect "a big economic impact for Grenada from 400 to 1200 extra soldiers who would train at Camp McCain from May through August.''
Grenada Chamber of Commerce executive director Phillip Herd said Camp McCain employs 125 people and has an annual economic impact of $8 million.