Infrastructure needs dominate meetings with legislators

by | Jan 6, 2022 | Foundation

In meetings with legislators in October and November, Hinds President Dr. Stephen Vacik highlighted ongoing facility upgrades and renovations, as well as proposed vision projects, including a new Health Sciences Complex located near the Muse Center.

    Other long-range construction projects presented to legislators during the four meetings include:

  • Renovating the career-tech buildings on the Raymond Campus, which has already begun. This project will be completed in multiple phases.
  • Constructing a new residence hall at the Utica Campus. Residence halls at Utica are roughly 40 years old and require attention. In the meantime, renovation on the three current halls begins in January.
  • Relocating the Hinds County WIN Job Center to the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, which includes the renovation of Bivins Hall. The project would include exterior work including lighting, signage, parking and fencing.
  • Building a Wellness Center at the Rankin Campus to cultivate a more vibrant campus culture. This vision project would include volleyball courts to support a college team as well as intramural competition.

Members of the Hinds County legislative delegation met with Hinds President Dr. Stephen Vacik, left, and Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, right, at Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond. They are Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson; Rep. Ronnie Crudup, D-Jackson; Sen. Albert Butler, D-Port Gibson; and Rep. De’Keither Stamps, D-Jackson.

Among those attending the Oct. 28 legislative breakfast on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus were Hinds Board of Trustees Vice President Donald Oakes, Rep. Kevin Ford, R-Vicksburg; Hinds President Dr. Stephen Vacik, Rep. Oscar Denton, D-Vicksburg; Sen. Briggs Hopson III, R-Vicksburg, and chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Hinds Trustee Chad Shealy, Vicksburg Warren County Schools superintendent.

Meeting at the Rankin Campus were, from left, Hinds President Dr. Stephen Vacik, Sen. Josh Harkins, R-Flowood; Rep. Lee Yancey, R-Brandon; Rep. Stephanie Foster, D-Jackson, and also serves Warren County; Rep. Gene Newman, R-Pearl; Rep. Tom Weathersby, R-Florence; and Hinds Board of Trustee member Dr. Homer Burns, who represents Rankin County.