Mississippi Economic Development Council executive director Carol Hardwick told her membership in an email Wednesday night that she was retiring, effective March 1.
Hardwick plans to spend more time with her family and friends.
Hardwick said that MEDC’s board of directors will immediately begin a search for her replacement, with resumes being accepted through Nov. 30. Hardwick said she hopes her successor will be named as early as January 2013, so the new hire can be on board for the MEDC’s Winter Conference.
“As I reflect on MEDC’s significant accomplishments in the past 10 years, I am proud to have played a role in helping them come to fruition,” Hardwick wrote. “However, these accomplishments would not have been possible without the dedicated leadership of the Board of Directors, the committee chairs and the members of this great organization. I feel this group is providing the greatest service to our state by working with businesses to create jobs for our citizens and making their communities better places to live, work and raise our families.”