First Mississippi Gulf Coast Hotels to Receive `Go Zone' Funding Break Ground

Hotels Bring 80 New Jobs and 243 New Rooms to the Region

GULFPORT, Miss., May 8, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- A ground breaking for two new Gulf Coast airport hotels will be held May 10th. The event, hosted by J. Levens Builders Inc., Corporex Select Service Hotels, LLC and The Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Authority, celebrates an estimated $40 Million in investments, 80 new jobs and 243 new rooms to the region. The two hotel brands to be built on the site are Residence Inn by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn. The hotels, which will be strategically located on the north side of Airport Road opposite the main entrance to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, are the first hotels in the region to receive "GO ZONE" Funding from the U.S. Government.

The location, one mile south of I-10 and immediately east of U.S. highway 49 in Gulfport, MS, provides direct access to the downtown area, as well as nearby resorts and gaming along the Gulf coast. "The location is significant," said Bruce Frallic, Executive Director of the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport, "these hotels are among the final amenities our Airport and community need to become a tier one airport."

The Residence Inn by Marriott is a 5 story, 108 room extended stay hotel. Rooms at The Residence Inn are 50% larger than traditional hotel rooms, and feature separate areas for relaxing, working, eating and sleeping. The Hilton Garden Inn is an up-scale, select-service hotel geared towards the active business traveler. They feature amenities such as complimentary high-speed Internet access in all guestrooms, a 24-hour business center, a complimentary workout facility and a full-service restaurant.

 WHAT:     Ground Breaking Ceremony for 2 New Hotels Adjacent
           to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

 WHERE:    14108 Airport Road, Gulfport, Mississippi 39503

 WHEN:     Thursday May 10th, 3:30 p.m.
           (Media availability following ceremony)

J. Levens Builders, Inc (JLB) is a locally owned and operated construction company located in Long Beach, Mississippi. JLB was incorporated in 1994, and has been granted contracts from federal and local governmental entities and private companies. The company carries General Contractors Licenses in the state of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Attention to detail and a careful eye towards pleasing the customer have placed JLB in a unique position to deliver quality construction services in institutional, industrial and commercial projects. JLB partnered with JEL Investments, LLC to design, build and operate 123,000 square feet of commercial office and industrial warehouse space on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Corporex LLC is a 42-year old Investment Developer of hotels, sports clubs, office and luxury residential condominiums. Corporex has developed over 17 million square feet of Class A office space, two strikingly modern residential condominiums by world class architect Daniels Libeskind (Master Architect of the World Trade Center Memorial) and built, purchased or managed over 20 hotels, including many properties for Marriott and Hilton Hotels. Corporex is headquartered in Covington, KY with offices in Denver, CO and Boston, MA. Corporex is committed to building communities. The company is credited for driving a resurgence in Covington, KY -- from the most blighted city in the U.S. in the 80's (according to U.S.A. Today) to the fastest growing city in the Commonwealth. While Corporex is new to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it has been drawn by the optimism, dedication and aspirations of its citizens following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. To find out more, please visit


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