Mississippi’s innovative spirit is the driving force behind its biotechnology and life sciences pioneers. For 50 years, Mississippi has been at the forefront of health care research and development — from the United States’ first lung transplant in 1963 performed by Dr. James Hardy in Jackson to the first synthetic organ transplant in 2011 of a trachea made possible by Hybrid Plastic’s POSS® nano chemical developed in Hattiesburg. The state is among many firsts in the health care industry. Serving more than 700,000 people, the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo claims the title of the largest non-metropolitan hospital in the United States.
Success stories such as these are not uncommon in Mississippi. With two medical schools, five four-year institutions with nursing schools, numerous health care occupation programs and a strong business climate, Mississippi’s health care industry is primed for continued growth and success.
September 29, 2014 – Avectus Healthcare Solutions announced a $300,000 expansion of its headquarters in Corinth. The company is a leader in the coordination of third-party liability and workers’ compensation accounts for hospitals and trauma centers throughout the U.S. Read the full story >>
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Mississippi’s skilled, productive workforce is one of its greatest treasures. Mississippians have a “can-do” attitude and take pride in a job well done. Robust workforce training programs offered throughout the state equip Mississippi’s workers with the necessary skills to ensure companies’ success. 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.
Mississippi’s 15 community colleges offer 26,403 training classes and serve more than 550 companies with customized training solutions.
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 for new industry skills, Mississippi’s universities are ready to work with businesses to help them grow and succeed.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson houses the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, graduate studies, health-related professions and pharmacy. In 2013, construction of a new 151,000-square-foot facility began in order to increase the capacity of the school of medicine to more than 160 incoming students each year.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University educates medical students at training sites that span a five-state region of the Gulf Coast. The college graduated its first class of medical students as Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014, equipped with the skills needed to provide primary care and significantly impact the health care of rural Mississippians.
Jackson State University offers undergraduate and graduate courses of study in the health care profession, including a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate of Public Health with an Epidemiology concentration. Designated as a high research activity university, JSU continues to enhance the state through comprehensive economic development, health care, and technological and educational initiatives.
*Other health care institutions in the state include the following: Mississippi University for Women’s College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology, Delta State University’s School of Nursing, University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, Alcorn State University’s School of Nursing and Mississippi College’s School of Nursing, as well as numerous community college associate’s degree nursing programs.
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.
In 2012, the Mississippi Legislature passed the Health Care Industry Zone Act, providing incentives to health care-related businesses that locate or expand within a qualified Health Care Zone. The incentive aims to expand access to high-quality medical care for residents throughout the state and increase the number of health care jobs in the state.
View a complete list of Mississippi business incentive programs here.