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MBJ Editorial

Good things are happening at the Mississippi Development Authority.

The naming of executive director Leland Speed several weeks ago was followed last Monday with the announcement of a new MDA management team. All three members of the agency`s leadership join Speed in bringing rock-solid credentials and impressive talents to the service of the State of Mississippi.

Gray Swoope, who will serve as deputy director and chief operating officer, brings nearly 20 years of economic development experience, most recently as president of the Area Development Partnership in Hattiesburg.

Terri Hudson, CPA, who will serve as deputy director and chief financial officer, was once CFO of SkyTel Communications Inc. in Jackson, and has also worked as a private consultant specializing in internal operations, business processes and controls, financial management accounting and business strategy. Hudson is also a certified information systems auditor.

Bill Crawford, who will serve as deputy director, joins MDA from his position of president of the non-profit leadership development organization The Montgomery Institute in Meridian.

A wide range of skilled professionals help make the Mississippi Development Authority one of the most successful agencies in our state government. These hard working individuals deserve the best leadership possible, and that appears to be what Gov. Haley Barbour has given them.

Kudos all around.


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