Jackson, Mississippi — December 17, 2018 — Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., announced today that Tracey Giles has been promoted to Deputy Chief Economic Development Officer.
Giles replaces Mickey Milligan, who was recently named MDA’s Chief Economic Development Officer. Giles previously served as Director of Project Management at MDA.
Since starting at MDA in 2002, Giles has served as a Bureau Manager within the Existing Industry and Business Division and Bureau Manager for Community Development within the Community Services Division. Before joining MDA, she worked in the private sector and with the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration. Giles has a total of 24 years in state service. Her experience includes working with local, state and federal officials, community leaders, economic development groups, and business executives to promote and attract business location and growth by providing technical and financial assistance to businesses and local units of government.
“Tracey Giles is a winner with a proven track record of success in community and economic development throughout the State of Mississippi,” McCullough said. “As Deputy Chief of Economic Development, Tracey’s skill in uniting people to accomplish aggressive goals will serve all Mississippians exceptionally well.”
In her new role, Giles will lead MDA’s Project Managers as they work with economic development partners statewide to attract private capital investment that will create more and better careers for Mississippians.
In 2007, Tracey received the Economic Development Finance Professional certificate and completed the Economic Development Institute program offered by the University of Oklahoma. She graduated from Mississippi College in 1991 with a finance degree in business administration. She is an active member of the Mississippi Economic Development Council. Giles lives in Brandon with her husband, Jeff. They have two children and two dogs.