Thursday, December 18, 2008
Congressman hosting Economic Stimulus Forum
Congressman Travis Childers will host an Economic Stimulus Forum Thursday, Dec. 18, to brief local leaders on potential funding for North Mississippi projects from the economic stimulus package that Congress is expected to pass in early January.
The congressman is extending an open invitation to project coordinators, local officials and economic development professionals from across Mississippi’s First District, as well as representatives from local, state and federal agencies that are likely to play a role in administrating stimulus funds.
“It is all but certain that there will be a major economic stimulus package passed as soon as the new Congress convenes in January,” said Congressman Childers.
“Next year’s stimulus package is going to be one of the largest efforts to jumpstart our nation’s economy in recent history. There are a number of projects already underway or just waiting to begin in North Mississippi, and many of them meet the objectives of the planned stimulus package. It is important that these projects are geared up and ready to go. Thursday’s forum is an effort to provide project coordinators and state and local leaders with as much information as possible so that North Mississippi can get its fair share of stimulus funds.”
A consensus is already emerging on certain aspects of the stimulus package. Most notably, federal stimulus funding is likely to be targeted to projects that are either already in progress or have the ability to commence immediately. The plan is also likely to target projects that build or expand critical infrastructure for transportation, energy, technology, health, education, and the environment. The goal of the upcoming stimulus plan is to jumpstart the nation’s economy by putting as many people to work as quickly as possible while upgrading the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Local officials and representatives of projects meeting the above criteria are encouraged to attend by RSVPing at 662-844-5437.
Congressman Childers will host the Economic Stimulus Forum in the BancorpSouth Conference Center Poplar Room, 387 E Main St., Tupelo, from 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday, December 18.
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