Groundbreaking ceremony for USM’s Ocean Enterprise Facility

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State leaders were on hand in Gulfport today for the groundbreaking ceremony for USM’s Ocean Enterprise Facility.

Governor Phil Bryant, along with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo, in conjunction with the Mississippi State Port Authority and USM, broke ground today on a new $38 million Ocean Enterprise Facility at the Port of Gulfport.

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This facility will be an expansion of USM’s Marine Research Center opened at Port of Gulfport in September of last year.

The site was selected because of its proximity to the water for vessel access, maintenance, and testing.

The facility will serve as the center piece of research and development in the Gulf, further developing the initiatives of the governor’s ocean task force and creating a unique maritime technology environment on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.