Wicker, Cochran Announce $225,000 Grant for Amory

September 18, 2008

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved a $225,000 grant to the City of Amory for rail line improvements to serve existing and future businesses. 

“Enhancing transportation infrastructure is a great way to attract new businesses and jobs,” Senator Wicker said.  “This funding will allow for rail improvements in Amory that will strengthen their economic competitiveness and put the city in a better position for future job growth.”

The City of Amory will construct 6,010 linear feet of new rail spur that will tie into existing rail infrastructure at the Port of Amory and extend to the city-owned industrial site.  The spur will help establish the industrial site as multi-modal logistics center, offering businesses direct access to highway, rail freight, and inland navigation services.

In addition to ARC funds, state sources will provide $1,000,000, and local sources will provide $450,000, bringing the total project funding to $1,675,000.