WCU and Tradition Announce Creation of Health Care Industry Zone Under New Law
Hattiesburg, Miss., May 14, 2013 - William Carey University and the Tradition community announced their intent to create a Health Care Industry Zone centered around WCU’s Tradition campus on Highway 67 in Harrison County during a press conference at WCU on Monday, May 13. Tradition, a 4,800-acre master planned community, is located seven minutes north of Interstate 10 at the intersection of Highway 67, 605, and Tradition Parkway.
Jerry Bracey, dean of WCU’s Tradition campus, congratulated Rep. Hank Zuber of Ocean Springs and Sen. Sean Tindell of Gulfport for sponsoring House Bill 722 in the 2013 legislative session and thanked all of the coast delegation for their support.
Rep. Zuber said, “The new law provides incentives for job-producing medical and pharmaceutical businesses to build facilities within five miles of an institution of higher learning that grants degrees in health care fields.” WCU and Tradition will apply to Mississippi Development Authority to certify the Tradition Health Care Industry Zone under House Bill 722.
Dr. Janet Williams, dean of WCU’s school of nursing, said “William Carey has over 300 students seeking nursing degrees at Tradition, and we look forward to placing many graduates in new jobs in Tradition’s Health Care Industry Zone.”
Sen. Tindell said, “This amendment adds a new opportunity under Gov. Bryant’s visionary Health Care Industry Zone Law adopted in 2012. The law provides sales and property tax exemptions and accelerated depreciation for health care businesses that create at least 25 full time jobs and an investment of $10 million.”