Vicksburg mayor to ask President for help with storm damage while in Washington

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. is at the White House to brief President Trump and other federal officials on the success of Opportunity Zones in Vicksburg and Warren County.

Vicksburg mayor to ask President for help with storm damage while in Washington

VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) - Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. is at the White House to brief President Trump and other federal officials on the success of Opportunity Zones in Vicksburg and Warren County. He’s also asking for help following devastating tornadoes over the weekend.

He says that the meeting on Opportunity Zones was scheduled weeks before multiple tornadoes blew through Vicksburg and Warren County on Saturday. He intends to used the meeting with the president to seek federal aid in recovery and rebuilding efforts. More than 170 homes and businesses were destroyed or heavily damaged. Thousands of people were without power for days.

On the Opportunity Zones, Flaggs with describe how Vicksburg and Warren County are capitalizing on the program, which was created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to encourage private investments.

He plans to discuss Vicksburg Forrest Products success story in reopening a closed lumber mill and saving 125 jobs.

Flaggs said he is proud to be in Washington, “I’m committed to doing everything in my power to make certain that Vicksburg has a seat at the local, state and federal negotiating tables as long as I’m mayor.”

Copyright 2019 WLBT. All rights reserved.