LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM)- The city of Lumberton plans to build a certified Industrial Park off of Old Hwy 11.
The Lamar County Economic Development along with the ADP hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the newly named South Lamar Industrial Park.
City and County officials, the Lamar County Development District and the ADP worked together for the last two years to combine 290 acres of land located less than two miles from Interstate 59 in hopes of stimulating new economic growth to the area.
"We don't have the industry we need," said Paul Ockmand, Board Chair of the Lamar County Economic Development District. "We don't have the businesses located here and jobs so this is a big step, a big opportunity for the South Lamar County to grow. We have the idea in place to start it and I am really proud that we are part of this board that had the vision to turn it into a reality."
Lamar County District 2 Supervisor Ben Winston said he believes "that with all of this in place, the future is greater here in Lumberton and many more opportunities will start to come our way."
Mayor of Lumberton Miriam Holder agreed, "once we get the industry in here then comes jobs, then comes housing, we will increase our population with housing we will increase our tax base. Everything is just wonderful going forward."
The South Lamar Industrial Park should be up and running within the next year.