(The Center Square) – Amazon Web Services is investing $10 billion in two data centers in Mississippi and lawmakers approved $260 million in taxpayer funds on Thursday to help finance the project.
State officials say the project will be the largest capital investment in the state’s history, dwarfing the $2.5 billion Steel Dynamics project announced last year and a $2 billion battery plant project approved last week.
State officials say 1,000 jobs will be created in the data centers located in two Madison County industrial parks north of Jackson.
One of the bills passed in the special session says taxpayers will also provide loans and grants for “site preparation, utilities, real estate purchases, infrastructure, utilities, roads, rail improvements, public works, buildings and fixtures, job recruitment and training, as well as planning, design, environmental mitigation and environmental impact studies.”
The bills passed in record time in the one-day special session with almost