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MDA Recognizes 2016 Economic Development Ambassadors

Jackson, Miss. (Oct. 11, 2016) – The Mississippi Development Authority recognized and celebrated members of its Ambassadors Program with an open house at the Woolfolk Building and a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Capital Club today in downtown Jackson.

Available to select areas, MDA’s Ambassadors Program provides support to counties in identifying marketable assets to leverage local resources for strong industrial and economic development.

“The Ambassadors Program is just one way MDA connects with its local economic developers to assist them in achieving economic success,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We’re committed to partnering with local officials and developers to highlight Mississippi’s strengths and bring in more business and create more career opportunities.”

Initiated in March, the program chose nine county economic development directors to form local economic development teams of up to six members. These teams are made up of local elected officials and community leaders. The nine counties who participated in the program were Alcorn, Grenada, Jones, Lauderdale, Neshoba, Pearl River, Rankin, Tunica and Warren.  Entergy, Mississippi Power and Tennessee Valley Authority serve as program partners.

The goal of the Ambassadors Program is to increase community, economic and industrial development throughout Mississippi and to develop deeper relationships between MDA and state communities. Participants in the program chose a yearlong project to help their areas become more attractive to outside corporations. They also attended forums focused on workforce development, economic development partnerships and community development.

For more information on the Ambassadors Program, please contact Joy Foy, MDA director of asset development, at jfoy@mississippi.org or (601) 213-8116.