Leaders in Neshoba County traveled to Washington recently to seek federal money to help build a new Neshoba County hospital.
They are seeking a loan through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Philadelphia Mayor James Young said he was able to speak with senior staff about plans for the hospital. The mayor said he feels good about the chances for securing funding.
"It's important for us, one, for the medical care that's being given here in the city, for the county. Also for the job creation that they're going to do and job stabilization," said Young. "So it fits right into the plan of us moving Neshoba County and Philadelphia, Miss., forward. And health care is one of our key issues and one of our vital components of our community."
Young said, in addition to the business part of the trip, he was invited to the White House by President Obama for a social visit.