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Minority & Small Business

MDA strives for economic development in Mississippi by connecting minority- and women-owned businesses with a strong network of support, educational resources, financial programs and technical assistance.

Contacts

Carol Harris
Director of Minority and Small Business
Sharon Butler
MS APEX Accelerator, Program Manager MS APEX Accelerator Advisor/Counselor-Northeast MS/Columbus
Natalie Purvis
MS APEX Accelerator Advisor/Counselor-East Central MS/Meridian
Dr. Latonia Lewis
Business Development Program Manager; Community Liaison, Contractors Academy, Minority Participation Initiative, Loans, Marketing, Solicitations
Cacynthia Patterson
Bid Clerk: Agency Bid-Bank, Bid Solicitations, Social Media, Minority Business Registry
Gernika Collins
Certification Officer: Certifications, Loans, Marketing
Princess Hayes
MS APEX Accelerator Advisor/Counselor-Central MS/Jackson
Andrea Garth
Admin Assistant MS APEX Accelerator Program -Northeast MS/Columbus
Marian Robinson
MS APEX Accelerator Advisor/Counselor-South MS/Gulfport
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone:

601.359.3449

Research & Community Services

Our Research & Community Services team supports the state’s businesses and local economic development organizations by providing a variety of marketing, information and technical assistance programs to our Mississippi industries and partners.

Contacts

Rebecca Powell
Research/Data Analyst-Team Lead
Deloise Tate
Research Specialist/New & Expanded Industry Reports
Robert Dunnam
Research/Data Analyst
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Phone:

601.359.3593

Business Recruitment and Expansion

Contacts

Christian Lockamy
Deputy Chief Economic Development Officer
Joey Roberts
Project Manager
Joseph Cambonga
Project Manager
TA Jones
Project Manager
Marc Measells
Project Manager
Hunter Gardner
Project Manager
Drew Duncan
Project Manager
Blair Hurst
Project Manager
Denise Stewart
Staff Officer - Executive
Susie Robinson
Economic Development Specialist

International Trade and Investment

The International Trade and Investment team provides Mississippi companies with business training and technical support to improve their international prospects. The team also sponsors a variety of international trade missions.

Contacts

Vickie Watters
Director of Trade
Luigi Dominighini
Latin American Trade Manager
Aggie Sikora
Canadian and European Trade Manager
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Energy & Natural Resources

Our Energy & Natural Resources team works with companies across the state to ensure energy sector growth through energy efficiency programs and workforce development, energy projects and policy development and energy data and security.

Contacts

Jason Pope
Director of Energy and Natural Resources
Lisa Campbell
Energy Education & Workforce Manager, October Energy Awareness Month, Project NEED, Middle School Science Bowl, Regional Science Fairs Energy & Natural Resources
Michael Cooley
Energy Analyst
Gayle Sims
Bureau Manager Federal Reporting, Mississippi Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Energy & Natural Resources
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone:

601.359.3449

Community and Rural Development

The Community and Rural Development team strengthens communities by helping them identify, develop and promote their unique assets to enhance quality of life.

Contacts

Tim Climer
Manager of Programs & Services
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone:

601.359.3449

Community Incentives

The Community Incentives team works to create strong, vibrant communities by assisting with loan and grant qualifications and public infrastructure repair and improvement.

Contacts

Steve Hardin
Director of Community Incentives
Peggy Knott
Administrative Assistant
Lisa Maxwell
Bureau Manager
Tange Bozeman
Program Manager
Erin Hovanec
Bureau Manager
Carolyn McKinney
Program Manager
Tammie Lawrence
Program Manager
Frednia Perkins
Program Manager
Caleb Prine
Program Manager
Jacquelum M Allen
Program Manager
Tammy Shaffer
Program Manager
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone:

601.359.3179

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