Community Services

Business Research & Workforce Development

Whether you are an existing business in Mississippi interested in expanding or a new company evaluating our state for a potential new location, our team is available to work with you on a confidential basis to provide detailed site and business information. We work closely with economic development partners around the state including communities and utility partners to provide all the information that you need in a timely manner.

Global Companies Call Mississippi Home

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.

Expansion & Retention

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.

Recruitment of New Business

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.

Workforce Development

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.

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Business Research & Workforce Development Team

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. 

Phone: 601.359.3593
Toll-free: 800.360.3323
Fax: 601.359.2116

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

Project Managers

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

Business Research

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

International Investment Offices

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.


Yukio Kobayashi
Director, State of Mississippi Japan Representative Office
6th Floor, Yokohama World Porters
2-2-1, Shinko, Naka-ku
Yokohama 231-0001
Phone: 81-45-222-2047


Seok Soon (S.S.) Cho
Director, State of Mississippi Korea Representative Office
A-1711, 406
Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu (Champs Elysees Center)
Seoul 06192
Phone: 82-2-548-9125
Cell: +82-10-6376-9127