Jackson, Miss. (December 9, 2014) – The Mississippi Development Authority has been ranked #9 among the Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations in the U.S. based upon research conducted by the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., the national leader in corporate site selection.
“I am proud to see the efforts of the MDA team recognized not only around the state, but on a national level. The work MDA performs each day to strengthen communities throughout the state is vital to developing and maintaining a healthy economy and to improving the quality of life for Mississippi’s residents,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I know first-hand the dedication and countless hours MDA puts into assisting the state’s existing businesses while recruiting new businesses to the state, and I commend the agency on this honorable recognition.”
“The Mississippi Development Authority is the state of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency 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,” said Dr. Ron Pollina, chairman of the American Economic Development Institute and president of Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc.
“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 works to promote tourism to support Mississippi’s tourism industry.”
The annual study is designed to analyze and identify the most effective state economic development organizations. The study examines more than 30 factors, including how effective the organization is at creating a pro-business environment, its reliability of funding, the size of the organization relative to its impact, retention programs and leadership.
“Economic development in Mississippi is a team sport. While MDA works hard to grow and strengthen the state’s economy, it would not be possible without the great business relationships we have with our economic development partners at the regional and local levels throughout Mississippi,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “MDA is honored to be ranked among the Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations, and we thank our partners for helping make that possible.”
The American Economic Development Institute is a nonpartisan public policy and economics research institution whose mission is to improve the American economy by fostering economic growth and prosperity through employment creation and international trade.