SPACE CENTER --
Mississippi's top elected officials met with a NASA administrator
March 15 at Stennis Space Center to discuss a proposal that would
bring NASA's new Shared Service Center to the site.
competing with five other NASA facilities for the center, which
will consolidate NASA's human resources, procurement, facility resource
management and information-technology services. If realized, the
new center would employ almost 500 people at Stennis, at an average
salary of $60,000.
of Southern Mississippi's Office of Research and Economic Development
helped Stennis develop the proposal by assisting with information
related to available workforce and diversity, cost of living in
the area, accessibility, quality of life, and cost analysis for
Barbour, Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, U.S. Rep. Gene
Taylor, Mississippi state Rep. Dirk Dedeaux and Louisiana Secretary
of Economic Development Don Hutchinson met NASA administrator Sean
O'Keefe to discuss the proposal. O'Keefe also received a computerized
"virtual tour" of the site and of the proposal at the
Southern Miss visualization laboratory.
Southern Miss for helping Stennis develop this proposal, which is
very competitive as a result of that effort," said Tom Donaldson,
director of Stennis Space Center.
for Higher Learning, operated by Southern Miss at Stennis, was also
highlighted for its ability to provide workforce training and to
advance educational opportunities at the site for the center's personnel.
proposing to build a $21 million, 135,000-square-foot facility near
the main administrative building and adjacent to the Mississippi
Technology Transfer Center. The MTTC building houses the Center
for Higher Learning, the Southern Miss Visualization Lab, and the
Southern Miss Office of Research and Economic Development's Stennis
The state would
provide $20.9 million toward the cost of the building, money that
would be recouped within five years from the $30 million NASA payroll,
five-year lease payments and income and sales tax revenue.