From the Mississippi Press…

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Jackson County leaders today began inviting companies to bid on a $20 million maritime training facility to be built on Ingalls Shipbuilding property.

On Monday, the Board of Supervisors and the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners passed a joint resolution to advertise bid on the federally funded shipbuilding academy, which is to be built on the west side of Jerry St. Pé Highway.

The project, funded through a Hurricane Katrina community development block grant, will help Ingalls expand its two- to four-year apprentice program to about 1,000 students, leaders have said.

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