Advantages

The Mississippi Advantage

Mississippi provides the perfect environment for growth-oriented businesses looking to expand or relocate. Our state’s unique benefits are evident through our incentives and tax advantages, our consistently pro-business state leadership, and the track record of success businesses have found in our state.

Pro-Business

It’s no secret successful businesses lead to thriving communities. That’s why Mississippi’s leadership works to keep taxes low, strengthen infrastructure, bolster workforce training programs and support the state’s growing business community.

Right to Work

Mississippi is a right-to-work state, with the third-lowest union membership rate in the nation. These market factors combine to make Mississippi an aggressive manufacturing competitor, maintaining a high percentage of manufacturing jobs at 12.3 percent.

Perfectly Located

Mississippi is within one day’s drive of 55 percent of U.S. businesses and major population centers. The state is located on the Gulf of Mexico, centrally positioned within the Americas, with deepwater ports providing convenient access to global markets.

Skilled Workforce

Mississippi is known for its motivated, highly productive workforce. Our community college system, recently rated the nation’s best, provides customized training opportunities to advance workforce skills. Our universities offer access to collaborative research partnerships while preparing students with the skills needed for success in today’s fast-evolving global economy.

Team Approach

MDA takes a holistic approach to fostering industry growth and considers all factors that contribute to a company’s success. We work with local economic developers, state leadership and private industry to offer businesses the support they need to find an ideal site, apply for necessary permits, and hire skilled and productive workers.

Custom Solutions

Mississippi has a proven track record in projects of all sizes across industry sectors. Our team provides both immediate and long-term solutions to today’s companies. Whether it’s sharing best practices or developing customized solutions, our professional developers work to ensure every project’s success.

National Rankings

See the top reasons to do business in Mississippi.

  • #7

    Overall Cost of Doing Business
    Area Development, 2020

  • #4

    Business Incentives Programs
    Area Development, 2020

  • #8

    Energy Availability & Costs
    Area Development, 2020

  • #9

    Available Real Estate
    Area Development, 2020

  • #8

    Cooperative and Responsive State Government
    Area Development, 2020

  • #8

    Favorable Regulatory Environment
    Area Development, 2020

  • #5

    Speed of Project Permitting
    Area Development, 2020

  • #9

    Foreign Trade Zone Activity (Exports)
    Business Facilities, 2018

  • #6

    Governor in U.S. For Fiscal Management,
    Cato Institute, 2018

  • #8

    Economic Growth Potential
    Business Facilities, 2018

#7

Overall Cost of Doing Business
Area Development, 2020

#4

Business Incentives Programs
Area Development, 2020

#8

Energy Availability & Costs
Area Development, 2020

#9

Available Real Estate
Area Development, 2020

#8

Cooperative and Responsive State Government
Area Development, 2020

#8

Favorable Regulatory Environment
Area Development, 2020

#5

Speed of Project Permitting
Area Development, 2020

#9

Foreign Trade Zone Activity (Exports)
Business Facilities, 2018

#6

Governor in U.S. For Fiscal Management,
Cato Institute, 2018

#8

Economic Growth Potential
Business Facilities, 2018