RELEASE:

HOUSE APPROVES TRANSFER OF YELLOW CREEK PORT PROPERTIES IN IUKA

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 3044, to approve the transfer of Yellow Creek Port properties in Iuka, Mississippi.

Located on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Iuka, the Yellow Creek Port was developed for economic development purposes by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in cooperation with the State of Mississippi. “Manufacturing remains one of the top drivers of the economy in Mississippi,” Nunnelee said. “It is important that we remain competitive, attracting new business and creating an environment for current business to expand. The approval of this 173 acre land transfer allows the State of Mississippi to do just that.”

TVA previously transferred real property at the port to the state of Mississippi that has been developed commercially and includes a number of manufacturing operations. The Yellow Creek Port facilities are home to a dock, mooring cells, a railway connection, mobile cranes, warehouses, and barge storage areas. Nunnelee explained, “This land transfer will allow the state to more efficiently administer the port and further economic development and job creation in the area.”

Nunnelee, who is currently recovering from a June 9 surgery, expressed appreciation to his colleagues, “I would like to thank the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their work on the legislation in July. Thanks to Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-01) and Donna Edwards (MD-04) for managing the bill on the floor. I am grateful that my House colleagues were able to pass the legislation today.”

Congressmen Bennie Thompson (MS-02), Gregg Harper (MS-03) and Steven Palazzo (MS-04) are cosponsors of the legislation. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are cosponsors of the companion measure S.212, in the Senate.

9/15/14