The Mississippi Development Authority will close all eight regional offices around the state effective June 30.
Eleven positions will be eliminated, 10 of which are currently filled, said Jeff Rent, public relations and media manager for the agency.
The offices are located in Senatobia, Tupelo, Greenwood, Meridian, Summit, Hattiesburg and Gulfport, as well as Jackson. The agency employs about 300.
“The decision to close the regional office program is based upon several factors,” Rent said in an email on Thursday, “including the agency’s efforts to implement recommendations from the recent competitiveness study and changing model and landscape of economic development in the last 20 years.”
Rent said in response to a question that an enhanced website is “another key recommendation from the competitiveness report we are implementing. We are in the soft launch phase. The public launch will be soon.”
Marlo Dorsey, chief marketing officer, said in the email that “we have met with our regional office employees in person, and we are committed to assisting their efforts as they transition to the next stages of their careers.”
Rent said that “local and regional economic development organizations will continue to receive the same level of high quality service they expect from MDA.”