Federal Agreement Shows Port Job Growth

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss. Mississippi officials say they have an agreement with the federal government to show how existing jobs were preserved with federal money at the state-owned Port of Gulfport.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ordered the state, in a letter received Sept. 11, to provide more documents about those jobs. The state agreed to preserve 1,300 jobs and create another 1,300 in exchange for $581 million to rebuild and expand the port after Hurricane Katrina.

The Mississippi Development Authority replied to HUD recently saying it's proceeding with a plan agreed to with HUD in an August meeting. MDA spokesman Jeff Rent says the HUD letter, though received in September, was written earlier. He says the August agreement supersedes it.

The port says it now has about 1,000 workers.

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