Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is moving most of the Secretary of State's office to downtown Jackson, in the old Capital Towers building. It will mean 90 employees will move to the corner of Congress and Pearl Streets in downtown, filling up over 31,000 square feet of office space.
Capital Towers was originally built in the early 70's when downtown Jackson was booming. Recently it has been virtually vacant, like many other office buildings downtown.
Delbert Hosemann, put out a request for proposals and got one back for the office space, which he quickly accepted. The move started immediately.
"We went through that process, as it said, to save taxpayer dollars, availability to the legislature, those kinds of things," said Hosemann. "Finally my personal belief that we should have a vibrant downtown. So we came out with the selection of Capital Towers."
We also talked about the move with one of Jackson's most successful businessmen, Leland Speed, the Chairman of the Board of Eastgroup Properties. Speed is a longtime advocate of downtown.
"It's a step in the right direction," said Speed. "It has created economic opportunity for the taxpayers of the state, to have their office space needs met, on a bargain basement basis.
The secretary of State says the move will save taxpayers $10,000 a month.