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KOSCIUSKO, Miss. (Press Release) — Today, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, local officials and Atmos Energy broke ground on one of the first natural gas expansion projects funded by the Commission’s pioneering approach to job creation and economic development through access to natural gas service.

With the groundbreaking, Attala Industrial Park in Kosciusko will become one of the first beneficiaries of the Commission-approved economic development fund, receiving $2.1 million.

“I am proud to see that our innovative approach to bringing natural gas service for economic development is bearing real fruit. This project will bring jobs and opportunity to Kosciusko and Attala County, and it would not have seen the light of day but for the innovative approach the Public Service Commission has taken. This is one piece of an 82 county jobs program where we can work to help each county grow,” Presley said.

The economic development fund was created in July, 2013 with unanimous Commission approval. The approach to economic growth through access to natural gas is the only one of its kind in the nation, allowing Atmos Energy to invest a minimum of $5 Million per year in gas expansion around the state for the purpose of job creation and economic development.

“As I’ve said before, it is great to know that when we see a need in our state, utilities and the Commission can work together, think outside the box, and make things happen to benefit Mississippians,” Presley concluded.

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