MDA Awards Five Grants for Transportation Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sally Williams, Public Relations Bureau Manager 601.359.3449
sawilliams@mississippi.org

Jackson, Miss. (September 21, 2010) – The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) recently announced five awards under the Market Transformation and Technology Deployment: Transportation grant program. This program, a part of the State Energy Program (SEP) funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), was designed to promote fuel economy and reduced emissions through alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) and hybrid technology. Funds will be used to convert existing fleet vehicles from petroleum to propane, for the incremental cost purchase of hybrid fleet vehicles and for education related to alternative fuel use for vehicles.
 
“This program will demonstrate the positive economic impacts of alternative fuel vehicles and hybrid technology for fleet vehicles throughout the state, as well as the environmental benefits of these technologies,” said Karen Bishop, MDA Stimulus Division director. “These funds will help grant recipients operate more effectively on behalf of the citizens they serve and will reduce both fuel consumption and overall operating costs, in addition to extending the life of converted vehicles.”
 
All available funding has been allocated for this program. No further applications will be accepted.

Through ARRA, the SEP provides $40.4 million to Mississippi for programs related to energy-efficient buildings, market transformation and technology deployment and job protection through energy economic development. In Mississippi, the SEP provides assistance to both public and private entities to move the state toward greater energy efficiency, energy independence and sustainability while creating and preserving jobs in the state.

To view a full list of grant recipients or for more information about this or other energy–related stimulus programs, visit http://stimulus.mississippi.org.

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About Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississippi's lead economic and community development agency. More than 300 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, the Authority provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians. For more information, visit MDA's website at www.mississippi.org.