Monroe County has been awarded a grant of $237,475 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for infrastructure improvements to its wastewater treatment system that will support the creation of 55 new jobs and leverage $1.3 million in private investment.
These significant funds will help promote economic development and create jobs in Monroe County by investing in critical infrastructure,” said Congressman Childers. “During today’s tough times, this is a prime example of the kind of ready-to-go infrastructure projects that will spur growth, put North Mississippians back to work, and help get our economy moving in the right direction.”
Monroe County will construct a new multi-stage treatment system that will remove soluble metals and particulate matter from wastewater generated by a local industry in Aberdeen. The plant’s new metal finishing operations will discharge soluble metals, suspended solids and other contaminants that must be removed prior to treatment at the Aberdeen wastewater facility.
ARC funds will be used to construct a new treatment process that will neutralize chemicals and metals in the wastewater. The project will meet the priorities of local and regional development plans by bringing significant private investment and job creation to Monroe County, which has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the state.
In addition to ARC funds, Monroe County and the city of Aberdeen will provide $101,775, bringing the total project funding to $339,250.