"Hire Mississippi" Adds 12.6% More Local Contracts

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says the first year of the Hire Mississippi Rule has resulted in a 12.6 percent increase of utility construction contracts awarded to Mississippi-based companies. 95 percent of the projects for Atmos Energy were performed by Mississippi firms, followed by Spire Energy at 50 percent, CenterPoint Energy at 47 percent, Mississippi Power at 36 percent and Entergy at 25 percent. Contracts given to Mississippi-based businesses by Atmos, CenterPoint Energy, and Entergy totaled more than $79.4 million for 2018. The Public Service Commission passed the Hire Mississippi Rule in 2017. It encourages the use of Mississippi contractors for construction projects by the state’s major utility companies.


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