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Jul 15, 2011 5:50 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Vidalia gets nearly $1M more for port

VIDALIA, La. (AP) - Vidalia officials scaled down plans for work toward a $15 million port and got nearly $1 million in grants from the Economic Development Administration.
Heather Malone - head of the Concordia Parish Economic and Industrial Development District - says the city cut about $400,000 from a $1.6 million plan, and the agency took on 80 percent of the cost rather than 55 percent. She tells The Natchez Democrat that means the city will pay $250,000, instead of $800,000.
Mayor Hyram Copeland says instead of a road from the port to the western side of Louisiana 131 near the Vidalia Industrial Park, the city will build a short connector road to the east side of 131.
He says Vidalia hopes to get the city's share from the state transportation department.

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