Hattiesburg receives $1 million grant

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg announced Thursday they are the only city in the state to receive the Brownfields Study Grant released earlier this month.

The $1 million grant will be used to open areas for economic develop, officials said.

Mayor Johnny Dupree said, "There were some 300 grants that were granted by the EPA. There were hundreds if not thousands of those grants that were applied for. One of the reason we were the only city in Mississippi to receive ours is because we formed a coalition so that some of the small agencies or smaller communities would be able to access some of these funds."

The Hattiesburg coalition included leaders from Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.

Dupree said, "We will be looking at areas like Mobile-Buio, Newman, East Jerusalem area. Forrest County will be looking at the Brooklyn Area because they are going to put a waste water treatment plant in. The City of Petal is looking at revitalization their downtown area."

Dupree said the project is in the preliminary stages, and the city is expected to turn in a rough-draft to the EPA by June 17.

The city will receive the money during the coming fiscal year.