City of McComb Receives Canadian Railroad Grant


The City of McComb has received a $25,000 grant for tree planting and beautification throughout the city.  The projects include developing an arboretum at the local park, a community fruit orchard and the Business district landscaping. The Mississippi Urban Forest Council wrote the grant for the city and will help with all aspects of project implementation. Local groups that will also participate in the projects are: McComb Garden Club, Master Garden, McComb Beautification, and Keep Pike County Beautiful.

“The City of McComb is thankful to have received this grant from Canadian National (CN). This grant will help enhance the appearance of this City we call home,” said Mayor Quordiniah N. Lockley.

“We are proud to bring this opportunity to six Mississippi cities: Yazoo City, Terry, Canton, Jackson, Byram, and McComb.  These types of activities are significant improvements to the community. The social impact of green space, trees and gardens can be particularly pronounced when public spaces are transformed into places of beauty that foster safe places for neighborhood interaction, economic and property value enhancement, and improves the lives of those that live in or visit the community,” according to Donna Yowell, executive director of the MUFC. 

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately $250 billion worth of goods annually for the wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN –Canadian National Railroad Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries—serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Montreal New Orleans, Mobile and Jackson, MS with connections to all points in North America.

America in Bloom envisions communities across the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work and play –benefiting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism.  America in Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.