JACKSON – Fourteen Mississippi counties will share $75,000 in grants for projects to make them more attractive to companies looking to expand or locate new facilities.
In its third year, Entergy’s Excellerator Competitive Communities program provided 50/50 matching grants in three categories: marketing, site readiness and organizational excellence.
This year, marketing grant applications topped the list for the innovative program.
“This shows that our communities are enhancing the ways they promote their communities to site selectors,” said Ed Gardner, Entergy Mississippi director of business and economic development. “This will ultimately lead to more innovative economic development organizations that use the latest trends in marketing technology and communication.”
Gardner noted that developing and maintaining quality industrial sites is a priority.
“The company continues to invest in site readiness that supports industrial growth and sustainability,” he said. “The sites that we develop in partnership with our communities today will house the companies and workforce of the future.”
Grants were also provided for organizational excellence, as the health and structure of a community’s economic development organization is critical to its success, Gardner noted.
This year’s winning counties are:
Claiborne—Claiborne County Economic Development District
Grenada—Greater Grenada Partnership
Leake—Leake County Development Association
Tate—Tate County Economic Development Foundation/Chamber
Tunica—Tunica County Economic Development Foundation/Chamber
Warren—Vicksburg-Warren County Partnership
Yazoo: Yazoo County Economic Development District
Madison—Madison County Economic Development Authority
Montgomery—Montgomery County Economic Development Foundation
Pike—Pike County Economic Development District
Rankin—Rankin First Economic Development Authority
Adams—Natchez, Inc. Economic Development
Sunflower—Sunflower County Economic Development District
Washington—Washington County Economic Alliance
Along with assessments and grants, the Excellerator program offers training and workshops to all counties in Entergy’s service area. The Entergy Mississippi economic development team works with communities throughout the year to help prepare them for growth.
“This is about more than enhancing economic development. We’re investing in our communities so customers can have opportunities without having to leave the state,” said Gardner. “Through this program, we’re helping people stay and thrive in Mississippi.”