Natchez mayor: Airport, Colored Troops project among those to benefit from $3M in federal funding

Published 11:10 am Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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NATCHEZ – More than $3 million in federal funding is headed toward Natchez for several infrastructure projects.

Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson posted on social media Monday that a “busy week in our nation’s Capitol: resulted in congressional and presidential approval of over $3 million for Natchez projects. Among those are a new firetruck for the Natchez – Adam County airport; important drainage projects for South Natchez, and landscaping and infrastructure improvements for Revels Plaza and the U.S. Colored Troops site.

“Lobbying for these projects began a year ago when Supervisor Warren Gaines and I made a trip to Washington to visit with all of our Congressional Delegation. Since then, we’ve continued our efforts, with Supervisors Rickey Gray and Angela Hutchins making a visit of their own just three weeks ago,” Gibson said. “This has truly been a bipartisan team effort, and I must thank several individuals for their leadership in making it happen.”

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Among those Gibson thanked is U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., “who never waivered in making sure our requests were submitted and secured. He and his staff invested greatly of their time to help us.”

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde Smith, both R-Miss., followed the same course in the Senate, “making sure our projects were kept in the legislation that finally passed Friday,” Gibson wrote. “And our former Congressman Michael Guest, member of the House Appropriations Committee, provided behind the scenes support as well.”

The funding should bring Natchez “one step closer to having an airport ready for commercial flights while being able to tackle some important projects in the city,” he said.

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