STARKVILLE, Miss. — Leaders in a northeast Mississippi county have issued a combined $14 million in bonds to pay for a nearly 400-acre (162-hectare) industrial park.

Local news outlets report that Oktibbeha County and City of Starkville leaders passed the bond issuance in a special meeting on Thursday. The park will go in the northern part of Starkville on land near U.S. Route 82 and Mississippi Highway 389.

The Columbus Commercial Dispatch reports the issuance could come as early as September, and work on designing and installing infrastructure improvements — like roads, sewer and water — could soon follow.

District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery says that while the industrial park will be costly, he believes the rewards will outweigh the risks.

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