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MSU Begins Work on Conference Center

STARKVILLE, Miss. – After 10 years of dreaming, Mississippi State University (MSU) officials finally broke ground on a $40 million conference center and development project on March 20. The Mill project consists of a conference center, adjacent hotel and parking garage.

The project is set for completion in fall of 2015.

“What we are about to build here will have both immediate and far-reaching benefits for Mississippi State University and for the surrounding area,” said Mark Keenum, MSU president. “It will also be a testament to the power of partnerships, without which none of this would have been accomplished.”

Construction workers will transform the university’s former historic cotton mill into the conference center and related office space. The 73,975-square-foot conference center will feature exposed wood beams, columns, open spaces an plentiful natural light.

The site will also offer a 1,000-seat ballroom in the renovated Cooley Building. The new four-story, 110-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel will adjoin the complex, along with a 450-car parking garage.

For more information, read the Mississippi Business Journal article or visit