DeSoto officials hoping for decision on job center for county

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - A decision on where to locate a new full-service job center in DeSoto County could come this week.

Bids were opened in February on four sites for a comprehensive Workforce Investment Network Job Center. The bids included existing buildings in Hernando and Southaven and undeveloped property in Horn Lake and Southaven.

Mike Marsh, deputy executive director and chief fiscal officer for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, says a decision might be made this week.

The Department of Employment Security has operated a small job center in Hernando for many years. Officials now say a 15,000 square-foot full-service center is needed to serve Mississippi's fastest growing county.

The Hernando office presently serves DeSoto, Benton, Marshall and Tate counties.

The full-service center would have a staff of between 15 and 20 people, triple the number who now work in Hernando.

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