VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The River City is celebrating a boost in economic growth.
A new company officially opened its doors in Vicksburg and city officials broke ground on a multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art sports complex.
"A step in the right economic direction." That's how Governor Phil Bryant describes the official opening of Vicksburg Forest Products.
He says it's important to have businesses that support the community and offers good paying jobs.
"That will be 125 good paying jobs," said Governor Bryant.
The Vicksburg Forest Products is a Mississippi company. It is reopening at the old Anderson Tully facility, which recently sold the mill after more than 100 years in Vicksburg.
"So we saved those jobs, save the company and expanded and it just doesn't get much better than that," said Bryant.
On the other side of town, the city also celebrated the start of construction for a new 20 million dollar sports complex.
Vicksburg native Malcolm Butler, who now plays for the Tennessee Titans, was at the event.
He says this new park will promote sports, family and fun.
"It is only going to make the city better," said Butler. "Business wise, youth wise. Kids like that needs things like this in Vicksburg, Mississippi."
To pay for the park, voters passed a 2% tax on restaurant, food and beverage sales and hotel room rentals.
City and park officials say the money will go to good use.
"It will have three championship fields on it," said Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs. "It will have a total of 13 fields. You will have soccer, baseball, and it will be phenomenal."
Park officials say once the facility is up and running, it will generate tax dollars and jobs.
"Way over 100 jobs alone and once you amplify that across the other area," said Sportsfields, Inc. CEO Brian Storm. "I think it is going to be great."
The sports complex is expected to open early 2019.