- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson has created the first step toward establishing a health care corridor in the city in an effort to drive economic development around the area’s medical facilities.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1FzBJc8) the Jackson City Council has approved an agreement to create a health care corridor commission to plan and try to bring a corridor to fruition, including seeking funding.

The goal would be to create a corridor from Interstate 55 North to I-220 as the primary link to hospitals and other medical facilities while creating opportunities for businesses to locate near the medical facilities.

The corridor also would be designed to attract hotels, shops, restaurants and nightlife, and includes a $45 million Translational Research Center in the research district on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

“The University of Mississippi Medical Center continues to be a strong supporter of the development of a health care corridor from I-55 to I-220,” spokeswoman Ruth Cummins said. “The medical center is one of many players in this initiative and is committed to playing an active role in the corridor’s success.”

The six member commission will have a representative from the city, Hinds County, the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Jackson State University and UMMC. One appointed person would have a non-voting role on the commission.

The push for a Jackson health care corridor would go along with Gov. Phil Bryant’s push for health care development zones statewide that could be home to companies making equipment or providing other services to hospitals and clinics.

In 2012, the Mississippi Legislature passed the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act that provides tax incentives for certain companies locating in one of the zones.

Councilman Tyrone Hendrix said one of the city’s greatest assets is its healthcare industry.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com


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