The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is the state of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency, with approximately 300 employees engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers throughout Mississippi. The agency works to recruit new business to the state and retain and expand existing Mississippi industry and business. MDA also provides technical assistance to the state’s entrepreneurs and small businessmen and women and oversees programs that support Mississippi’s minority and women-owned businesses. In addition, the agency provides Mississippi’s corporate citizens with export assistance, manages the state’s energy programs and oversees programs that help its communities become more competitive. The agency also promotes Mississippi as a tourism destination and supports the creative economy and film industry.
“Mississippi Development Authority’s mission is to foster a strong state economy and vibrant communities through innovation, use of talent and resources to improve our citizens’ lives.”
Accounting and Finance oversees the financial administration of the agency which includes managing MDA’s budget, administering contracts and grants, maintaining and reconciling financial records, assisting divisions with financial matters, reviewing federal financial reports, and processing purchasing requests, grant payments, travel, vendor payments, and payroll.
Asset Development mission: Facilitate growth and positive change for communities through the creation of asset based development opportunities – such as Ambassador and Hometown Retirement Programs – as well as technical assistance and other competitive trainings for the purpose of improving the business environment and the community quality of life.
The Business Development Team supports the state’s businesses through a variety of marketing, information, and technical assistance programs to our Mississippi industries. This team recruits domestic and overseas companies to Mississippi and assists Mississippi’s existing businesses with their retention and expansion efforts. Working closely with our economic developers throughout the state, the team helps companies identify and secure appropriate buildings, sites and locations.
MDA’s Community Services Division administers financial and technical assistance programs that help sustain and prepare communities for growth. Through a number of grant and loan programs, the Community Services Division provides funding to communities for projects that improve the quality of life in their areas, support current economic development projects, and build capacity for future economic development projects, helping communities increase their competitiveness.
The hearing impaired may contact the division at: 601.359.3119 (TTY)
Disaster Recovery manages federally-funded Hurricane Katrina recovery programs focused assisting communities in rebuilding housing, public infrastructure, and public buildings and creating more disaster-ready public services.
The Energy and Natural Resources Division works with state policymakers and other partners to develop and advance a comprehensive energy policy and ensure energy sector growth in Mississippi. The division oversees energy management programs, provides technical assistance to businesses and units of government, and promotes Mississippi as a prime location for energy-related businesses.
The Entrepreneur Center works to provide Mississippi’s entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge and skills needed to build and maintain a successful business.
From initial contact to wrap, the Mississippi Film Office assists productions with location scouting and research, offers pre-production help with casting, extras, crew, and equipment as well as trouble-shooting during production and wrap.
Financial Resources provides technical assistance regarding Mississippi’s business incentives to economic development professionals and administers economic development loans, grants, and tax incentives for Mississippi.
HR manages the agency’s hiring, organizational structure, and job classifications. HR also provides customer service to agency employees and pursues avenues for staff development.
The Information Technology Division of the Mississippi Development Authority oversees all aspects of the agency’s computer network, equipment, tools, data and technology operations. The team of applications developers, systems administrators, network security specialists and technology related business personnel design, create and maintain applications and solutions intended to increase usefulness and overall efficiency for the agency. By developing and executing the agency’s Technology Strategic Plan this team is dedicated to building a cutting-edge, technological advantage for its employees. In addition, IT staff explore advancements, new technology solutions and tools and are responsible for procurement of all technology equipment and services for the agency while providing necessary training and instruction, ensuring its effective use.
The International Trade Bureau helps Mississippi companies improve their business prospects through international trade. The division’s staff provides international business training, technical export assistance, and sponsors a variety of international trade missions.
The Marketing & Communications Team promotes investment and job creation throughout the state by providing public relations, marketing, event planning, graphic design, website management, and advertising services to each of MDA’s divisions. Media requests may be directed to MDA’s Public Relations Bureau Manager Melissa Scallan at 601.359.3740.
As the state’s advocate and partner for minority-owned, women-owned, and small businesses, the Minority and Small Business Development Division seeks to enhance economic development in the state of Mississippi by providing technical and financial assistance to minority, women-owned, and small businesses so that they can compete more successfully for federal, state, local government, and commercial contracts. The Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program (MPTAP) supports our national security and state economic development by ensuring a broad base of capable suppliers for the defense industry. MPTAP helps agencies meet their congressionally mandated procurement goals by connecting federal, state and local agencies with small, minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses. The program is also a resource for local and regional DoD operations, connecting them with qualified suppliers for specialized goods or services.
The Operations division provides centralized document processing, records management, imaging, motor pool, facilities, supplies, mail, shipping, warehousing, asset management, and telecommunications services to MDA.
Visit Mississippi is the Tourism Division of the Mississippi Development Authority, and it serves as a guide to the tourism offerings found throughout the state. There are many great things to see and unique experiences to be had in Mississippi. From beaches to Blues to culinary arts, Mississippi offers something for every type of traveler.
MDA’s international offices support the state’s international marketing efforts and enhance the work of both the trade and investment recruitment programs. Representatives are located in Santiago, Chile; Yokohama, Japan; and Seoul, Korea.