Barbour proposes incentives packages for industry

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour will ask lawmakers to consider $175 million in incentives to bring about 1,800 jobs to Mississippi with the location of two high-tech companies to the state.

A special session convenes at 10 a.m. Friday to consider the proposals.

Barbour said he will ask legislators to consider a $75 million package to bring Calisolar and 951 jobs to Columbus, Miss. Calisolar’s Columbus facility would produce silicon to be used in a number of industries, including automotive, energy (including solar panels), electronics and consumer industries.

Barbour has proposed a $100 million package for HCL CleanTech to bring several operations to the state. He says 800 jobs will be created. HCL CleanTech converts biomass to sugars that can be utilized as industrial bioproducts.

The Associated Press