The DeSoto County Service Center is celebrating a ribbon cutting 20 years after purchasing the land

DESOTO CO. Ms. (WMC) – Entergy’s 39,000-square-foot, $16.7 million DeSoto County service center celebrated its ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning.

Haley Fisackerley, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi, said the company bought the land 20 years ago.

Due to many delays, the new center is not yet operational.

Fisakerli said he was glad he didn’t work before.

“Because we’re actually building a better building that’s better built to serve the area because of the dynamic growth in the area,” Fisakerly said.

The regional planning department said they canceled 1,600 building permits in 2021.

They plan to hire another 1,600 in 2022.

A recent increase in people and businesses moving to Desoto County means more Entergy Mississippi customers.

The new service center will serve as the main lifeline for DeSoto Entergy customers.

“It was a good central location, easier for our trucks to get in and out of to dispatch service personnel and customer service. It will serve the region better,” Fisakerli said.

The service center, which has a hurricane response center, will also help with logistics during devastating storms like the one that hit Desoto County in January 2020.

DeSoto County District 5 Supervisor Michael Lee said, “We’re very excited to have them here and hopefully if something of this nature happens again, we won’t be left in the dark for too long.”

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