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Mississippi Directory of Economic Development Organizations

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The Mississippi economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Mississippi and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into Mississippi.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency.

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Mississippi Development Authority

State 39205 


New and Expanded Facilities

Governor Haley Barbour's website for hurricane recovery, and the Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal State

Mississippi Power, Gulfport MS state utility 39502
Community Development Foundation (Tupelo) County 38802
The Alliance (Corinth) 38834    
Tishomingo County Development Foundation - Iuka MS County 38852

Gary Matthews

Grenada County Chamber of Commerce County 38902
Rankin First Economic Development Authority, Brandon County 39043 601-825-2268
Madison County Economic Development Authority (Canton MS) County 39046

Tim Coursey

Natchez -Adams County EDA County 39121    
Entergy Corp. Utility 39201
Hinds County Economic Development District; Jackson MS County 39205 601-353-6056
Greater Jackson Alliance, Jackson MS Metro 39207 601-948-3111
East Mississippi Business Development Corp., Meridian MS chamber Region 39302
East Central Mississippi Economic Council - 17 counties, based in Meridian MS Region 39304
Mid-Mississippi Development District, 6 counties, based in Newton MS Region 39345 601-683-2091
Community Development Partnership of Philadelphia MS - Neshoba county County 39350 601-656-1000
Wayne County Economic Development District County 39367 601-735-6056


Area Development Partnership (Hattiesburg) Region 39401
Economic Dev. Authority of Jones County County 39440
Mississippi Gulf Coast Alliance, Gulfport MS Region 39502
Harrison County Development Commission (above) - Gulfport, MS County 39502
Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber County 39602
Pike County Economic Development County 39649
Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority - multistate Region, Port 39703
North Mississippi Industrial Development Association Region 39773
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.


The directory above is a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the larger US Southeast region, following the same structure as our global contact directories.

These area representatives would typically include

  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

Name e-mail Phone Fax
Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655 847-304-5375
Ad Recall : Mississippi        
February 27, 2007 : Congratulations to the Tupelo, Mississippi region (Blue Springs) for winning the Toyota "Wellspring" project - a new North American automotive assembly plant that will manufacture the Toyota Highlander model starting in 2010.  This $1.3 billion project to produce 150,000 vehicles per year is expected to employ 2000 people directly, plus any related suppliers or other companies which may be attracted to the region by this major development. For more information about the Toyota project in Mississippi:


Media room set up for the Toyota Wellspring project in Tupelo

Tupelo Community Development Foundation

Mississippi Development Authority 

Mississippi state government website :

August 29, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina devastated Gulf of Mexico coastal areas from Louisiana across Mississippi and Alabama to the northwest Florida panhandle, particularly with storm surge flooding near the coast and torrential rains not only in the immediate area, but also in areas farther north along rivers which drain through the region.

  Information about Katrina and other US hurricanes.


Although news coverage concentrated on the most dramatic scenes in some of the major cities such as New Orleans, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Mobile, this was a catastrophic natural disaster across a widespread area on a scale rarely seen in the last century. Governor Haley Barbour's website for hurricane recovery.

To contribute to disaster relief organizations working in the region :

As with the tsunami disaster in Asia, reconstruction of these communities will take a long time after the initial emergency response work.  Business support of the local economic development organizations will also be welcome as the recovery effort moves forward.

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