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Mayor Johnson: Bringing jobs to Jackson a high priority

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson says development downtown, will be the pathway for future employment, whether it be at the new Convention Center Hotel, the renovated McCoy Federal Building, or the Capitol Green Project.

Mayor Johnson called bringing jobs to Jackson a high priority, as he talked to a crowd of several hundred Wednesday afternoon.

The Mayor's delivered his State of the City speech at the Jackson Medical Mall Court. 

A new jobline (601-960-4job) is on the way, connecting the unemployed with companies with city contracts.  

When it came to infrastructure, the city faces real challenges improving the aging water and sewer system. 

$35 Million has been spent this year already, but taxpayers could be looking at a possible rate increase in the future. 

Jackson is also looking at putting a 2 million gallon water tank downtown to improve water quality there.

Mayor Johnson praised the police department for lowering crime rates, violent and property crimes specifically. 

The city is also including more resident participation.

The 311 Mayors call line is fully operational, handling non-emergency requests from citizens. 

Several city departments will make the move to Metrocenter Mall this fall, in an effort to make city government more efficient, according to Johnson.

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