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New project hopes to bring millions of dollars to Southaven

(WMC-TV) - Embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said Thursday he is ecstatic about an $80 million economic development project in the works for the city.

Davis said he hopes other city leaders will continue to support projects that will help move the city forward despite the recent controversy and investigation surrounding his misspending.

Since city leaders met in executive session Tuesday to discuss the project, Davis said there is not much he can say about it, except the project will help bring an added boost to the local economy.

"It'll create several hundred jobs, add money back into our revenue stream, so it's a win-win for everybody, including the developer and the city," said Davis.

Davis said economic projects like this are critical to the city's future.

With Southaven being one of state's largest cities, it is becoming a growing retail hub in Northwest Mississippi.

Last summer, city officials announced plans for a new outlet mall at I-55 and Church Road.  The facility, which is scheduled to be completed by 2013, is expected to feature over 50 brand name and designer stores.

Business in and around Southaven Towne Center also continues to increase.

"Southaven Towne Center is expanding with some more square footage which will help our retail sales, which is at an all-time high now," said Davis.

Davis said he is confident city leaders will continue to stay focused on what is important for the city, despite the investigation into his misspending..

"As I have said from the beginning, and I think as every alderman's concern us, we're dealing with the situation at hand but we're not going to stop doing the business of the city," said Davis.  "I think any project that's good for the city will get full support from the board as we continue to move forward on any project."

Davis said Southaven residents can expect to learn more about the $80 million project in the coming months.

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