MDA Recognizes Graduates of 2017 Ambassadors Program

Jackson, Mississippi — October 19, 2017 — A program designed to increase community, economic and industrial development throughout the state graduated participants from nine Mississippi counties during a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Fairview Inn in Jackson.

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

“The Mississippi Development Authority is pleased to partner with our utility companies to support local leaders in developing communities, which sets the stage for economic development growing Mississippi’s economy,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “The Ambassadors Program is a proven leadership, community development and economic development model which enables Mississippians to enhance communities for economic growth.”

Initiated in March 2016, the program chooses nine county economic developers to form local economic development teams of up to six members. The teams consist of local elected officials and community leaders. This year’s participating counties include Clarke, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Prentiss, Stone, Tate, Washington and Winston.  Entergy, Mississippi Power and Tennessee Valley Authority are Ambassadors Program partners.

The goal of the Ambassadors Program is to develop deeper relationships between MDA and the state’s communities. Participants choose a year-long project to help their communities 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 Chance McDavid, director of MDA’s Asset Development Division, at cmcdavid@mississippi.org or (601) 213-8116.

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