“We want this to be as large and successful a trade port as it can be,” Gov. Haley Barbour told the crowd of about 50 at the Great Southern Club for an overview of the port’s 10-year plan. “That’s why the taxpayers of Mississippi put their money in it long before Haley Barbour was governor.”
The plans would require government investment in the state-owned port of more than $500 million, some of which would come from the port’s settlement of Katrina insurance claims. Barbour said he hopes to get the rest of the money from the federal Community Development Block Grant.