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Ocean Aero bringing new high-tech jobs to South Mississippi

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - It’s everything the Mississippi Coast economy has been aiming for, 45 new high-tech jobs, tied to existing university research, the energy industry, and defense.

Mississippi has attracted a California high-tech company to Gulfport. Ocean Aero will move from San Diego into a 67,000-square-foot warehouse on the Port of Gulfport’s east pier.

By the middle of next year, the company will be building its Autonomous Underwater and Surface Vehicles, more easily described as water drones.

“This is really what we want to be doing in economic development here on the Coast,” said Jon Nass, CEO and Executive Director of the Mississippi Port Authority. “These are great jobs attracting great minds.”

South Mississippi has been working toward developing a high-tech “blue economy” and this $4.65 million investment by Ocean Aero is another piece of the puzzle. The University of Southern Mississippi has played a key role in attracting the new business.

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