MDA’s Christensen Named Greensboro, North Carolina Partnership CEO
Jackson, Mississippi — April 8, 2015 — Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Christensen has been named the new president and CEO of the Greensboro Partnership in Greensboro, North Carolina. He will begin the position by June 1, 2015. MDA Chief Administrative Officer Manning McPhillips will assume responsibility for the agency’s daily operations upon Christensen’s departure.
In May 2012, Governor Phil Bryant appointed Christensen to lead Mississippi’s economic development, community development and tourism efforts. Together, Governor Bryant and Christensen have announced the creation of more than 17,000 new jobs and more than $2.43 billion in new corporate investment.
During Christensen’s time at MDA, Mississippi received numerous economic development accolades and marked growth among both new and existing industries. Global companies such as Raytheon, SpaceX, General Dynamics, Roxul and Nissan have all invested in Mississippi since Christensen’s appointment as MDA executive director.
Christensen was also instrumental in the recruitment of Japanese commercial tire manufacturer Yokohama Tire Company to West Point, Mississippi. The facility, which is scheduled to open this fall, is Yokohama Tire’s first ground-up manufacturing facility in North America. The project is initially creating 500 jobs and generating a $300 million corporate investment. Future expansions could increase employment to 2,000 and the corporate investment to more than $1 billion.
“During his time at MDA, Brent worked tirelessly to position Mississippi as an economic leader, supporting existing businesses and recruiting new investment to the state. He had a standout record in Florida, and I knew when we recruited him to Mississippi, we were gaining an economic development professional who could deliver world-class results. Today, Mississippi is consistently ranked nationally as one of the top business climates in the country, and I thank Brent for his role in helping us achieve that status,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “It is no surprise that his success in Mississippi has attracted the attention of other states. As an alumnus of Duke University, he has personal ties to North Carolina, and I know he is excited about this new opportunity. He has served Mississippi well, and I have enjoyed working with him. I wish him and his family every success as they move on to this next chapter in their lives.”
Christensen also oversaw the implementation of key recommendations from the Mississippi Economic Council’s most recent Blueprint study for economic development. Christensen led MDA’s collaboration with MEC leadership and development partners to strengthen the state’s core focuses in business incentives, site certification, workforce training analysis and marketing.
“During the last three years, Governor Bryant and I have worked side by side to position Mississippi as a top location for both business investment and as a tourism destination. He is deeply committed to creating a stronger, more vibrant economy, and I have had the privilege of witnessing it first-hand. I have the utmost respect for his work ethic and vision, and I am confident that Mississippi will continue to reap economic benefits from the groundwork we now have in place. I appreciate the assurance Governor Bryant placed in me to lead MDA during his administration, and I am grateful to the wonderful team at MDA who are so dedicated and capable in the jobs they do each day. From both a personal and professional standpoint, it has been an honor to serve Mississippi in this capacity,” Christensen said.