Child Support Services of Mississippi Celebrates Opening of New Call Center Facility in Yazoo City, Miss.

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Contact: Sally Williams, Public Relations Bureau Manager 601.359.5052
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Yazoo City, Miss. (June 28, 2010) – Officials from Child Support Services of Mississippi and state and local leaders celebrated the opening of the company’s Yazoo City, Miss., facility at a ribbon-cutting event today. The new call center facility is creating 80 jobs in the Yazoo County area and represents a $5 million company investment.

“This Mississippi-based company is providing quality child support services to a number of states,” Governor Haley Barbour said. "I am pleased that this call center is serving our citizens in two ways: it's creating jobs for the residents of Yazoo County, and it's helping the Mississippi Department of Human Services serve Mississippi’s children."

Child Support Services of Mississippi is a division of Young Williams Child Support Services, or YoungWilliams, a Jackson, Mississippi-based firm that provides child support services to state and local governments.

Child Support Services of Mississippi has been contracted by the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) to serve as the primary contact point for all 340,000 child support cases in Mississippi and to provide quick, convenient and customer-friendly service and information to support these cases.

“Our company is proud to be working with the Mississippi Department of Human Services to provide great customer service to the people the agency serves,” said Rob Wells, president and chief executive officer of YoungWilliams. “We are thankful to the Department of Human Services and the Mississippi Development Authority for making this call center a reality, and we are delighted to be opening our new facility in Yazoo City to assist the State with these services.”

“I am pleased that Child Support Services of Mississippi has chosen to locate its call center in Yazoo City and is creating 80 new jobs in the Mississippi Delta,” said Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. “We were pleased to have assisted in this project and look forward to working with the company in the future.”

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance for this project through the Growth and Prosperity Program (GAP), which provides tax incentives to companies that locate in economically distressed areas. In addition, the state provided workforce training assistance through the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program.

First established in 1993, YoungWilliams currently provides child support services to 10 states. The company provides a wide range of child support operational, call center and consulting services in collaboration with state and local government agencies. YoungWilliams employs more than 700 people nationwide and focuses exclusively on child support services.

For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.ywcss.com.

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