The state of Mississippi is well equipped to play a leading role in the rapidly evolving data and information technology industry. With more than 340,000 miles of fiber optics in place and some of the lowest commercial and industrial power rates in the nation, the data and information processing industry is quickly expanding throughout the state.
In addition, as data centers are becoming increasingly more important to the sustainability of the rapidly changing technology businesses and individuals utilize every day, recent incentive legislation, combined with the state’s ideal business climate, is strongly positioning Mississippi for further growth.
December 2, 2014 – “Serving financial clients across the globe, we are happy to call Mississippi home,” said FNC CEO and Co-founder Bill Rayburn. FNC broke ground on its $20-million corporate headquarters in Oxford, Mississippi. The company offers solutions to automate lender compliance with government regulations. Read the full story >>
April 22, 2014 – “We value our partnership with the state of Mississippi and continue to expand our Booneville facility because of the business-friendly environment that the state provides,” said Mark Gams, senior vice president, U.S. Operations, ACCO Brands. The company announced a $1.6-million investment by adding call center operations to its existing manufacturing and distribution facility. Read the full story >>
Mississippi’s skilled workforce is its greatest treasure. Mississippians have a “can-do” attitude and are driven by pride to do things right. Robust workforce training programs offered throughout the state equip Mississippi’s people with the necessary skills to get the job done. A right-to-work state, Mississippi’s affordable cost of living, low overall cost of doing business, and tax and financing incentives make it an attractive economic option for companies of all sizes — from start-ups to established multinational corporations.
An enterprise is only as good as its people — that’s why more industry leaders are choosing a Mississippi location to compete in today’s global marketplace.
Mississippi’s 15 community colleges offer 26,403 training classes and serve more than 550 companies with customized training solutions.
The Work Force and Education Act allows employers to control state-funded industrial technology training for employees.
A joint project of Hinds Community College and the Mississippi Department of Education, The Center for Emerging Technologies provides specialized telecommunications training for technicians, customer service representatives, and marketing personnel.
The Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence (CMTE) at East Mississippi Community College is an advanced technology training center utilized by business and industry to conduct worker training. The CMTE offers manufacturing skills certification classes, M3 Production level certificates, M3 Advanced production skills classes, and specialized training for companies.
Mississippi is home to four major public research universities: the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi State University in Starkville, the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, and Jackson State University in Jackson.
Each university plays a vital role in Mississippi’s economic and workforce development. From providing cutting-edge research to training support in new industry skills, Mississippi’s universities are ready to work with your business to help it grow to the next level.
Mississippi State University was recently selected by the National Security Administration as one of four new schools to be a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations. Mississippi State University also has cyber security capabilities that include three dedicated research centers: the Center for Computer Security Research, the National Forensics Training Center, and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Center. MSU also holds national CAE designations in information assurance education and in information assurance research.
The Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research at the University of Mississippi provides free accounts to students to help them gain practical experience for STEM professions.
Mississippi is centrally located between the East and West coasts and provides easy access to major U.S. markets including Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri. The U.S. distribution hub of Memphis, Tennessee, is just across Mississippi’s northern state line, and the Gulf of Mexico forms the state’s southern border. The state’s transportation infrastructure provides unparalleled distribution and delivery for manufacturers.
The state of Mississippi offers a variety of grant, loan, and tax incentive programs designed to assist businesses creating jobs and making capital investments in the state, including tax incentives available to data and information processing businesses and call centers and incentives programs that benefit data centers.
The State of Mississippi provides a full state sales tax exemption for all computing equipment and software used by companies certified as data centers by the Mississippi Development Authority. Both new and replacement equipment qualify for the tax exemption. Download a pdf of incentives available to qualified data center enterprises.
For a full list of incentives available from the state, visit the incentives page.