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Mississippi Development Authority’s Milligan to Serve as Chief Economic Development Officer

Jackson, Mississippi — December 10, 2018 — Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., announced today that Mickey Milligan has been promoted to Chief Economic Development Officer.

Milligan previously served as MDA’s Business Development Manager. Prior to joining MDA, Milligan worked in management with BellSouth and AT&T in various roles, and for Laws Construction as vice president of sales and marketing.

“Mickey Milligan is one of Mississippi’s best economic development professionals,” McCullough said. “He has the ability to close deals that bring private capital investment to Mississippi that results in the creation of thousands of new careers for Mississippians. In his new leadership role, Mickey will excel in working with our economic development partners throughout our state to grow Mississippi’s economy.”

As Chief Economic Development Officer, he will lead MDA’s Business Intelligence, Global, Existing Industry and Business and Workforce Development divisions. In his prior position as Deputy Director of Economic Development, he oversaw the agency’s recruitment and expansion of industries throughout the state, as well as the Mississippi Market Wholesale Show. 

Milligan is an active member of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, the Industrial Asset Management Council and the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association. He is past president of MEDC and serves on the senior advisory board of the college of business at Mississippi State University. He serves on the board of directors of Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, Inc., as well as the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association.

He has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the WLBT Television’s Spirit of Mississippi Award, Goodwill Industries’ Volunteer Activist Award and National Telecom’s Most Innovative Public/Private Partnership for Distance Learning National Award. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Jackson and a two-time Paul Harris Fellow.

Milligan holds a bachelor’s degree from the college of business at Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration from Mississippi College. He also completed the Certificate of Economic Development at the University of Oklahoma.

Milligan and his wife, Carol, reside in Jackson.