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WLBT | Jackson native announces $25 million tech-hub development downtown.

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

By Howard Ballou | September 25, 2020 at 11:22 PM CDT - Updated September 26 at 10:14 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - When you think of the city of Jackson, the hub of technology is not the first thing that comes to mind.

A Jackson native, who is now a very successful engineer with Amazon, is working to change that. Dr. Nashlie Sephus is already bringing her vision into sharp focus.

Most people traveling along North Gallatin Street see abandoned buildings, unkempt and neglected property. Dr. Nashlie Sephus sees something quite different when she travels the same area.

She has even produced a rendering of what will become a Tech-Hub center, if everything goes as planned. Twelve acres and seven buildings have been purchased by Sephus in a new ve

nture worth $25 million. It wasn’t easy. Banks wouldn’t loan her the money. The property owner agreed to a short term finance deal.

Dr. Nashlie Sephus said, “I think it’s really important for me to give back to the community that helped shape me and I always love to see people get enthused and exposed to technology and so I wanted to make that process a little bit easier.”

renderings of the proposed project credited to

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