Posts Tagged ‘Gray Swoope’

With Brent Christensen, Mississippi Development Authority gets its man

In Gray Swoope, Mississippi lost its last top economic development professional to Florida in the spring of 2011. Now Mississippi has reached into Florida to bring Brent Christensen, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce chief, to the Magnolia State as a replacement. Christensen, a 10-year-year president and CEO of the Gainesville Chamber, will start work sometime […] [...]

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 […] [...]

MDA salary bill awaits Bryant’s signature

Gov. Phil Bryant received a bill late last week that would allow private money to supplement the salary of whoever is the next executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Internet technology pioneer Jim Barksdale currently serves in that position on an interim basis, for the price of $1 a year. His predecessor, Leland Speed, […] [...]

MDA backers devise a diamond soiree

Nearly 1,000 people — including the current governor and a pair of former governors — turned out March 24 at the Marriott in Jackson to celebrate a 75-year-old success story — the Mississippi Development Authority. The Mississippi Economic Development Council organized the anniversary gathering with the help of a host of Diamond, Platinum and Silver […] [...]

Who should lead the MDA?

Speculation is rampant. Who is going to replace Gray Swoope as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) on an interim basis, and who might the next governor chose as a permanent replacement? The Mississippi Business Journal recently conducted an informal survey of approximately a half-dozen Mississippi economic developers, and asked them who they […] [...]

MDA in transition

The state’s lead economic development organization is in a state of flux as its executive director, Gray Swoope, prepares to depart for Florida. Gov. Haley Barbour will have to name a temporary replacement, who will serve until January when the next Mississippi governor enters the mansion and his choice as permanent Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) […] [...]

Swoope On MDA

by Published: March 2,2011

Tags: Gray Swoope, Haley Barbour, Hurricane Katrina, MDA

JACKSON- Gray Swoope, outgoing executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, talks with MBJ-TV about economic development and MDA’s role in it. [...]

Miss. economic head: No politics in site selection

By SHELIA BYRD JACKSON — Lawmakers are asking the head of Mississippi’s economic development agency why the Delta and the southwestern part of the state are often overlooked for major industrial projects. Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, told members of the House Ways and Means Committee last Tuesday that industries have […] [...]

Free program, few takers

MDA extends deadline due to lack of applicants The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is convinced that its new, free pilot program for entrepreneurs targeting some of the most economically depressed areas of the state will be a winner. Now, the state’s lead economic and community development organization looks to woo more entrepreneurs and small business […] [...]

Russ faces uphill challenge in Natchez

With outlook grim, economic development vet comes home to change chemistry Chandler Russ grew up in Natchez, went to the University of Southern Mississippi and has since built an economic development career that has taken him to almost every part of Mississippi and into Arkansas. He’s about to go back home. On Nov. 1, Russ […] [...]

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