In early August ConAgra
announced it was bringing its sweet potato processing plant to
"Well jobs for one thing and lord knows we need
industry in this area bad," said
That's the mood
Louisiana Legislature agreed to pay over $37 million from its Mega Fund to
bring ConAgra's sweet potato processing plant to
But Representative Bubba Chaney says the move didn't sit well with everyone in the legislature.
"A little more than 50 million dollars left in the Mega Fund itself so at this point in time the people all over the state are looking at what's left and wondering if some project's are going to go forward," said Chaney
In just a few days construction on ConAgra's sweet potato processing plant will begin in this empty field creating hundreds of jobs in about a year.
Representative Chaney says the construction alone will instantly create close to a thousand jobs.
When the first phase of the plant is complete in 2010, the plant will employ nearly 300 people.
Plus the plant will add growth in the farming industry.
"We've had problems with the price of cotton and so some of those people might potentially look at the sweet potato industry and getting back into it," said Chaney
In the state's deal, ConAgra promises to eventually reach around 500 employees.
Representative Chaney says those jobs mean more tax money that will improve a community that's seen better days.
"Up to this point there hasn't been much manufacturing tax base at all in our area," said Chaney
"They're predicting lots of new businesses will span off of this especially in the agriculture area so we're hoping it will," said Phillips.