Posts Tagged ‘Brent Christensen’

Officials looking more closely at state agency budgets

JACKSON — Leaders of Mississippi government agencies are facing scrutiny about everything from office space to travel expenses as they request money for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee started annual hearings yesterday — the first step in a lengthy process of deciding how to divvy up state tax […] [...]

Bryant, leaders headed to South America on trade mission

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and a group of Mississippi business leaders are in Brazil this week to meet with local trade organizations and officials. The group has stops scheduled in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They left yesterday and are to return Friday. Joining Bryant are Mississippi Development Authority executive director Brent Christensen, […] [...]

MDA chief shows early leadership on workforce issue

Like any good salesman about to embark on selling a new product, Brent Christensen has assessed his product’s strengths and weaknesses. The new executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority sees the state set to play a strong hand in the energy and health care sectors. Mississippi’s hand is on the weak side, though, in […] [...]

New MDA chief cites potential in energy, medical sectors

Speaking publicly for the first time since taking over as head of the Mississippi Development Authority June 6, Brent Christensen sounded optimistic notes on the state’s prospects in the energy and medical sectors but cautioned strides must be made in preparing Mississippians for 21st century jobs. In a talk before the Madison County Business League […] [...]

Read August 13 issue of MBJ

>> CLASS CRUNCH Experts: Troublesome nursing faculty shortage to get worse— By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >> KEMPER UPDATE PSC to examine formula rate plans for Entergy, Miss. Power— by Clay Chandler >>TECHNOLOGY Google shares the ‘how-to’s’ of getting your business online— by Ted Carter >>MDA New chief cites potential in energy, medical […] [...]

Is farming good economic development?

Eight years chairing the Mississippi Senate Agriculture Committee led Cindy Hyde-Smith to conclude there’s a lot of gold to be mined down on the farm. The state just needs to more vigorously dig for it, she decided after a dozen years in the Senate and a lifetime working in agriculture. As the state’s newly elected […] [...]

New MDA chief enters arena in competitive fashion

The background of Brent Christensen, the new executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, stacks up well against his rivals around the South, a review of the professional biographies of the chief executives of several nearby states shows. One of those rivals, Florida’s Gray Swoope, is well known in Mississippi, having led the Mississippi Development […] [...]

Mississippi ties helped put Brent Christensen atop list for new MDA chief

Former Netscape and FedEx executive Jim Barksdale took over leadership of the Mississippi Development Authority with one over-riding goal — find his replacement. He wanted a pro with a track record of success but he also sought to follow the wishes of state business leaders to hire someone with ties to Mississippi who would “understand […] [...]

Barksdale comments on Christensen hire as chief of Miss. Development Authority

Upon announcing the appointment of Brent Christensen to the directorship of the Mississippi Development Authority, Gov. Phil Bryant recalled joking about the salary with current interim chief Jim Barksdale. “I told (Barksdale) I would double what Leland Speed was making,” Bryant said. “Leland was making a dollar a year.” The governor has an eye for […] [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Brent Christensen named new head of the Mississippi Development Authority

JACKSON — Brent Christensen has been named the new head of the Mississippi Development Authority. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement during a press conference at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Jackson. Christensen, who has been the CEO of the Gainesville (Fla.) Area Chamber of Commerce the last 10 years, replaces interim director Jim Barksdale, the […] [...]

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