• Vicksburg-Warren County Port

    #11 in the US!

     The Warren County Port was ranked as number 11 among the entire United States’ inland ports based on trip ton-miles.   The Vicksburg Port services industries that range from steel and lumber, to coal and petroleum – with a customer based spanning from small-businesses to Fortune 500 Companies. Located on a slack-water harbor this 12-foot minimum depth and 300-foot minimum width also allows direct access to rail and road to suit all of your transportation needs.

  • The Port of Vicksburg

  • One of America’s top inland ports

    If your company is looking for quick access connections and facilities inland, look to Vicksburg and Warren County. Halfway between Memphis and New Orleans on the Mississippi River, Vicksburg has been a key river port since the early 1800’s.

    The Port of Vicksburg owned and operated by WarrenCounty and the Warren County Port Commission began in 1968 and has risen to be one of the top inland Ports in America.  In 2004, the Port of Vicksburg was ranked 11th among U. S. Inland Ports based on trip ton miles.

    Truck traffic alone is in excess of 165,000 plus trucks annually.  The annual tonnage imported and exported is approximately 800,000 to 900,000 tons.  The above 1,200 jobs does not include the many truck drivers, boat operators and rail employees working to maintain the Port of Vicksburg.  The Port of Vicksburg is approximately 55 acres with a potential 600 acres available for future development.

    The Port of Vicksburg has twenty-one business and industries operating at the Port employing over 4,000 employees.  The Port is a designated Foreign Trade
    , Port of Entry, and maintains a United States Customs service.

    Located on a slack-water harbor, this 422-acre (and growing) port consists of a harbor channel 9550 feet long, with minimum 300-foot width, and 12-foot minimum depth.   An approach channel 4850 feet long with 150-foot minimum width and 12-foot minimum depth, connects the harbor channel to Vicksburg Harbor.

    The Port maintains a 150-ton crane, two 15-ton overhead cranes, all-weather loading and unloading, and 129,000 square feet of insured and sprinklered warehouse space.

    A rail and road loop allows direct access from barge to truck to rail.  Liquid warehouse facilities, barge fleeting, and marshalling services, and barge cleaning and refurbishing services are available.

    A project to enlarge the Yazoo Diversion Canal, our entrance to the Port, just been completed to accommodate our Port resident industries.

    Don’t Need River Frontage?

    The Warren County Port Commission, in an effort to create more industrial sites, developed the Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex,  The 1340-acre park’s location on Interstate 20, just 30 minutes from Jackson and 10 miles from Vicksburg, makes it an ideal industrial center for mid-Mississippi and the mid-South.


    Port Commission Staff

    Executive Director
    Wayne Mansfield

    Project Manager
    Beverly Steward

    Risk Management

    A City and County Emergency drill administered by the 47th Civil Support Team (WMD) from the State of Mississippi National Guard was held in Vicksburg to ascertain the communities’ strengths and weaknesses.

    This exercise took months of planning and those participating included the FBI, City and County Law enforcement, the United States Coast Guard, City of Vicksburg Fire Departments, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, the Mississippi Department of Health, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Salvation Army, River Region Health System, the National Park Service, the Kansas City Railroad,  the Vicksburg-Warren School District, the majority of businesses and industries at and around the Port of Vicksburg and the river front, plus many others

    To date, there has been NO breach of security at or near the Port ofVicksburg or the Mississippi RiverBridges .  The Port of Vicksburgtenants and surrounding companies meet quarterly with local law enforcement officials (City and County), fire officials, governmental and military officials to perfect their Action Plan according to the Homeland Security Act mandate. Essential information and contact numbers necessary to response quickly and efficiently have been compiled to ensure our industry and businesses are aware and prepared for any emergency to protect our port and our community.

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  • About Us

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    The Vicksburg-Warren County Economic Development Foundation (EDF) is one of the most respected economic development organizations in Mississippi.

    While the Foundation’s professional economic developers work to attract business and industry to the areas, members of the EDF, ranging from interested citizens and small business businessmen to representatives of Fortune 500 Companies, are working to unite the people of Vicksburg and Warren County in a program of economic and community development.

    The Vicksburg-Warren County EDF employs programs and policies directly aimed at created a prosperous environment for new, existing, and expanding industry.

    As an intermediary with many local, state, and national agencies and companies, the Vicksburg-Warren County Economic Development Foundation is well organized and results oriented, contributing significantly to the industrial development of the area.

    Maintaining a complete inventory on affordable public and private properties available for industrial or commercial use, the EDF serves as an information clearinghouse for business and industry.

    Vicksburg and Warren County face the future with a sound basic economy and unlimited possibilities. Be a part of our efforts.

  • Demographics

  • Geography


    Vicksburg is located at 32°20′10″N 90°52′31″W/ 32.33611°N 90.87528°/ 32.33611; -90.87528 (32.335986, -90.875356).

    The city has a total area of 35.3 square miles (98.32 km²), of which, 32.9  square miles (85.2 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it (6.78%) is water. It is located at the confluence of the Mississippi River and Yazoo River Diversion Canal.

    Household Makeup


    In 2000 there were 18,756 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.80% were married couples living together, 19.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.14.

    In the county the population was spread out with 28.50% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.40 males.

    Warren County Census


    As of the census of 2000, there were 49,644 people, 18,756 households, and 13,222 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 people per square mile (33/km²). There were 20,789 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (14/km²).

    Racial Makeup


    The racial makeup of the county was 54.97% White, 43.19% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 2005 census estimates based on the American Community Survey suggested that non-Hispanic whites were 51.5% of Warren County’s population. This meant that Warren County was the only county in Mississippi along the Mississippi River besides Desoto County where whites formed a majority of the population.

    African-Americans now were 46.0% of the county’s population. People reporting two or more races seemed to have declined to 0.6%, however due to new counting procedures where people who marked some-other race and white were counted as just white this probably does not indicate an actual decline in people being willing to identify themselves as being of multiple racial origins. The Latino population was now 1.2% of the total for the county.



    The median income for a household in the county was $35,056, and the median income for a family was $41,706. Males had a median income of $33,566 versus $21,975 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,527. About 15.00% of families and 18.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.80% of those under age 18 and 16.20% of those age 65 or over. Warren County has the tenth highest per capita income in the State of Mississippi.

  • Life

  • What People Love About The South

    Vicksburg is what people love about Southern living. Mild winters and warm summers, with one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets and largest riverfronts, Vicksburg is a clean, safe, beautiful community, where people are genuinely friendly and welcoming. It has long been known as the “Red Carpet City of the South.”

    • With its low cost of living (28 percent below the national average) and median-average home prices in the $100-140,000 dollar range, Vicksburg is attractive for the young and old alike. Low state and property taxes provide additional incentives for working families.

    • A combination of first-class education systems provide the opportunity for students to reach the PhD level without ever leaving the City limits. Additional colleges and universities are within an easy commute.

    • River Region Health System provides quality community medical care on three campuses, with almost 400 beds. River Region is the largest stand-alone health care project in the state.

    • An international engineering center , Vicksburg has been labeled the “small town with a big heart and a lot of brains. Vicksburg is home to the highest per capita of scientists, engineers and PhDs in the United States.

    • A progressive, historic city of cultural diversity and harmony , Vicksburg is home to important national cultural attractions and events, such as the Vicksburg National Military Park, Miss Mississippi Pageant, Southern Cultural Heritage Center and Vicksburg Riverfest.

  • Incentives

  • We are making a sweet package unbeatable

    Aside from our great community and tremendous economic environment, consider just a few of the great unique incentives we offer our prospective industry.

    • Federal Tax Credit on Wages

      Employers could receive up to $1,500 per employee that live and work in the zone.

    • Commercial Revitalization Deduction

      Would allow businesses that construct or rehabilitate commercial property to deduct a portion of the cost over a shorter period of time.

    • Work Opportunity Credit

      Employers could receive up to $2,400 for employees hired from groups that have high unemployment rates, including youth 18 to 24 that live in the Zone, plus veterans and food stamp recipients.

    • Increase Section 170 Deduction

      Allows qualified businesses to take up to $35,000 on equipment purchases.

  • Ceres Research & Industrial Interplex

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    Central to economic development in the South

    Ceres is a fully developed research and industrial interplex located adjacent to Interstate Highway-20 east of Vicksburg, 33 miles from the Jackson International Airport , 29 miles from I-55 Highway, 45 miles from the Nissan automotive plant, and 17 miles from the Port of Vicksburg. It is approximately halfway between Dallas and Atlanta, and halfway between Memphis and New Orleans.

    There is a total of 1,340 acres at the site, with 860 available for new development. On-site companies include Mississippi Department of Transportation, Magnolia Metal & Plastic, Tyson Foods, Vicksburg Metal Products, and National Guard Readiness Center. There is also a 64,000 s.f. available industrial building.

    The site is within a Foreign Trade Zone, Free Port Warehousing and a U.S. Customs Port of Entry. Ceres is located in Warren County 10 miles west of Vicksburg, a rail, highway, and waterway crossroads. Vicksburg is one of the most rapidly developing industrial cities in the South. Just minutes from the state’s capital and four hours from theGulf of Mexico, Ceres is strategically located within a transportation network with unparalleled access to this important Middle South Market and the automotive manufacturing corridor.

    Ceres is adjacent to the Jackson Metropolitan Area, which has an estimated population in excess of 534,000 and a labor force of over 261,000 as of 2007. Along with Nissan, large existing industries include Dover Industries, Ergon Refining, Hydro Aluminum, Johnson Controls, LeTourneau, Nucor Steel, Siemens, International Paper and Vertex Aerospace.

    The strategic location of this park will center your goods and services in the middle of the nation’s fastest growing market area, which includes 76 major metropolitan areas in the Sunbelt and Midwest region in the I-20.


    There are about 860 acres remaining in the industrial park.  The land is gently sloping, requiring a minimal amount of pre-construction site work.  The sale price per acre is negotiable, based on capitol intensity and employment intensity of the prospective company.  Large and small tracts are available.

    Utilities and Services

    Entergy provides electrical power with large load capacity for heavy users. The Warren County Port Authority provides sanitary sewer services with an on-site lagoon.  Center Point Energy Entex provides natural gas with a 4-inch main with static pressure of 200 psi.  The Culkin Water District provides water with a 12-inch main with static pressure of 125 psi.  A 300,000-gallon and 500,000-gallon elevated storage tank service the park.


    Ceres offers many transportation advantages.  It is located adjacent to I-20, which intersects with Interstate 55, allowing both north/south and east/west access to markets.  In addition, Ceres is located 4 miles from Highway 22, which provides an alternate route to Nissan.

    The Vicksburg-Warren County Port is located only 18 miles from the park and provides access to the Mississippi River for water transportation.  The port is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone and a U. S. Customs Port of Entry.

    The Jackson International Airport is located within 30 miles of the park.  The airport is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone.