Businesses in Vicksburg, MS

By Joe Morris on April 29, 2011 at 11:18 am EST
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Combining historic charm, strong financial incentives and a superior transportation and infrastructure grid, Vicksburg continues to be the place to do business in the South.

The city owes much to its location on the Mississippi River, which over the decades has produced a thriving port and bustling downtown commercial district and made the city a focal point of ongoing efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Vicksburg District is one of the corps’ largest civil-works entities nationwide. It manages the Mississippi River from beginning to end as well as supporting the military and civilian sectors through its many programs. In fact, the corps’ local presence is credited in part not only for major industrial growth, but for the strong, positive entrepreneurial climate found throughout the city and greater Warren County.

In addition to the port, Vicksburg boasts the only railroad bridge crossing the Mississippi between Natchez and Greenville, while a cantilever bridge carrying Interstate 20 and U.S. 80 is the only four-lane bridge to do so between Memphis and Baton Rouge.

Energy Industry Key Player

The city’s proximity to multimodal transportation has made it an energy hub for the Southeast, with many large-scale players and facilities setting up shop and growing here. Bunge-Ergon Vicksburg is Mississippi’s first and only ethanol plant, producing 54 million gallons annually, while the Baxter Wilson Steam Electric Plant is Entergy’s largest gas plant in the state at 1,200 megawatts combined production. Entergy also operates the Grand Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, which currently is getting a $510 million upgrade. Multiuse facilities also are finding success here, most notably the Ceres Research & Industrial Interplex, a 1,340-acre, shovel-ready site on I-20.

Gaming Industry Growing

These benefits have helped economic development officials diversify the local economy with the addition of such major companies such as Tyson Foods, LeTourneau Technologies, the Engineer Research and Development Center and Anderson-Tully. A thriving gaming industry has grown to five casinos, with no signs of slowing down. As a bonus, Ameristar, Horizon, DiamondJacks, Rainbow and Riverwalk not only add to the city’s business community, they enhance tourism efforts as well.

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