Mississippi welcomes international investment from around the world and is home to over 200 global firms, including Continental Tire, Toyota, Nissan, ABB and Rolls Royce. Top investing countries include Japan, Canada, Germany, France and Switzerland. The state’s strong business climate, productive workforce and competitive costs of doing business all combine to make the state an ideal location for businesses from a variety of industry sectors- from automotive to aerospace to advanced manufacturing.
Mississippi is committed to competing on a global scale for investment and jobs. The Business Development team would welcome the opportunity to work with your company on a confidential and cost-free basis to evaluate options for establishing a new location in Mississippi.
The Expansion and Retention team is here to support our existing businesses throughout the State. Our team works closely with you and our local economic development partners and utilities to provide incentives, workforce training and other resources and programs needed for your long-term success.
Our Business Development team works with new businesses interested in evaluating the state for a new location. Our team can assist you in understanding the business climate in the state and guide you through the site location process. A project manager is assigned to each project as a single point of contact and can provide confidential and cost-free services including information on shovel ready sites and buildings, detailed community data on labor availability and costs as well as financial incentives customized to your project.
Mississippi’s workforce system provides comprehensive services to meet employers’ needs. From recruitment to post-employment training, our system is designed to be flexible and customizable to ensure the delivery of the skilled workforce required for a company’s success.
Our Business Research & Workforce Development Team supports the state’s businesses through a variety of marketing, information, and technical assistance programs to our Mississippi industries.
Bill Cork , Chief Economic Development Officer
Tracey Giles , Deputy Chief of Economic Development
Gena Lentz , Director of Foreign Investment
Valerie Crout , Manager, Special Programs
Jenell Robinson , Administrative Assistant
Joey Roberts , Project Manager
Thomas McElroy , Project Manager
Sara Doss , Project Manager
Daniel Lang , Project Manager
Ross Ivey , Project Manager
Gabriella Nuzzo , Project Manager
Erin Gordon , Project Manager
Bill Ashley , Director of Business Research & Workforce Development
Maureen Murphy , Research Specialist/Buildings & Sites
Deloise Tate , Research Specialist/New & Expanded Industry Reports
Caleb Ross , Research Specialist
Mary Ann Myers , Workforce Specialist
Katherine Lanford , Workforce Specialist
MDA’s international investment offices support the state’s global investment attraction efforts and assist investors in understanding the current business climate in the state. Representatives are located in Japan and Korea.
Director, State of Mississippi Japan Representative Office
6th Floor, Yokohama World Porters
2-2-1, Shinko, Naka-ku
Seok Soon (S.S.) Cho
Director, State of Mississippi Korea Representative Office
Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu (Champs Elysees Center)