Corinth business incubator wants energy improvements

CORINTH – The Northeast Mississippi Business Incubator will continue its search for funding to reconfigure its electrical, heating and air systems after the Board of Aldermen tabled a request for the project.
Alderman A.L. “Chip” Wood, seconded by Alderman Joe Vann, recommended that incubator and city officials see if a stimulus grant might be available for the requested work.
Although incubator Executive Director Ray McClelland had received a quote from a contractor that the cost of the work would be a bit more than $2,000, city building inspector Philip Verdung calculated that more extensive work would be required at a cost of about $5,600.
The incubator is jointly operated by Corinth and Alcorn County. While the county annually budgets a specific dollar amount to support the incubator, the city has generally said it would be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the building.
The aldermen postponed their decision on the request until after the first of the year so the possibility of grants can be explored.
In a later interview, McClelland said he already had submitted a request for a $70,000 energy efficiency grant to the Mississippi Development Authority to pay for such improvements as dropped ceilings and changing out all light fixtures to more energy-efficient ones.
He learned about a week ago that his request had not been funded in the first round of consideration.
However, a second series of similar grants is expected to be awarded early in the new year, and MDA will reconsider the incubator’s proposal at that time, McClelland said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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