The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is the State of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA's staff is engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. The agency is organized into three groups, Economic Development, Asset Development and Administration and Financial Services. The Economic Development Group focuses its efforts in traditional business recruitment and retention, community development, tourism development and export development. The Asset Development Group pursues innovative ways to develop unique Mississippi assets such as cultural heritage, natural resources and small town life styles. The Administration and Financial Services Group oversees the agency's financial and administrative responsibilities and community development grant programs.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is the nation’s largest public power company, with 33,000 megawatts of dependable generating capacity. Through 158 locally owned distributors, TVA provides power to nearly 8.5 million residents of the Tennessee Valley. Central Electric Power Association is TVA's local distributor. TVA Economic Development is the source of information and services in the seven-state TVA region: Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. Whatever your site selection or business expansion need, TVA and its partners can enhance business success with a wide range of financial, technical, and informational resources.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians: Economic Development Office continues in the process of developing a variety of new business ventures including retail, resort, manufacturing, and small business development. MBCI partners with Leake County in many areas of economic development.
The East Central Mississippi Economic Council (ECMEC) is a regional consortium of economic development entities partnering together in marketing and recruitment for the benefit of all East Central Mississippi Counties.
East Central Community College, located in Decatur, Mississippi, is a community college that thrives on academic excellence. During the Fall semester of 2004, the college set a new record enrollment of 2,739 students. Serving its five-county district consisting of Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties, East Central offers a variety of programs at a minimum cost. East Central Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Central Electric Power Association, an electric cooperative that provides electric service to Leake County Industrial Parks at Carthage and Walnut Grove. Central Electric Power Association serves most of rural Leake County, and areas in and around Carthage, Lena, and Walnut Grove. Central Electric Power Association is headquartered in Carthage, Mississippi. Through CEPA's participation, Leake County benefits from the resources of TVA and USDA Rural Utilities Service. Central Electric Power Association has a full-time economic development director.
The Electric Power Associations of Mississippi (EPAMS) Economic Development Department seeks to improve the economy of areas served by electric power associations while gaining the attention of members, public officials and the general public. Primary activities include attracting new businesses and industries to Mississippi while assisting present operations in expansion activities. Each year, staff members assist in the location and expansion of many operations, which result in hundreds of job opportunities for our members and a quality of life second to none. The member associations have provided the needed infrastructure of affordable and reliable electric service which is imperative in attracting and maintaining business, industry and other developments in the areas they serve.
The municipalities of Lena and Walnut Grove are served by Mississippi Power Company, a division of the Southern Company. Mississippi Power Company's headquarters are in Gulfport, Mississippi. The local Mississippi Power office is in Forest, Mississippi. Mississippi Power provides economic development services for the 23-counties of Southeast Mississippi. Their professional staff, in partnership with other state and local organizations, can find the perfect site for building in Mississippi for your business expansion or relocation.
The City of Carthage is served by Entergy Mississippi with headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi. Entergy Mississippi employs a full staff of economic development professionals ready to assist existing and prospective businesses in Carthage and Western Leake County. They can provide information on available existing buildings, infrastructure, power usage estimates, and other utility consultative services.
The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) serves as the voice for Mississippi's economic/community development and chamber of commerce professionals and their constituencies. Through collaboration with other local, state and national entities, MEDC establishes and advocates Mississippi's economic and community development agenda. MEDC serves our members and this agenda by fostering a network of trained professionals and serving as the primary resource for information and strategies for economic and community development and the promotion of commerce. Our purpose is to improve Mississippi's communities through development of their resources.
For 50 years, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) has been the clear and unified voice of industry in Mississippi. Industry is the engine that powers Mississippi’s economy, and MMA is an unrelenting advocate in the support of measurers benefiting manufacturers. MMA is vigilant in its efforts to eliminate unfair, unnecessary or costly burden on the operations of our state’s manufacturing community. Practical, accurate information is provided to members through committees, seminars, workshops, regular publications and the website.
The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC), the State Chamber of Commerce, deals with broad issues that relate to Mississippi businesses. MEC pulls together coalitions to make overall statewide progress, focuses on issues with a bottom line return, focuses on fairness and equity, and is building a base of involvement to have a united business front. MEC is committed to building a sense of statewide community.
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) was established under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 3121), as amended, to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States. EDA assistance is available to rural and urban areas of the Nation experiencing high unemployment, low income, or other severe economic distress. In fulfilling its mission, EDA is guided by the basic principle that distressed communities must be empowered to develop and implement their own economic development and revitalization strategies. Based on these locally- and regionally-developed priorities, EDA works in partnership with state and local governments, regional economic development districts, public and private nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes. EDA helps distressed communities address problems associated with long-term economic distress, as well as sudden and severe economic dislocations including recovering from the economic impacts of natural disasters, the closure of military installations and other Federal facilities, changing trade patterns, and the depletion of natural resources.
USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. Through many programs, Rural Development touches rural America in many ways. The financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. USDA promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools. USDA offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural and other cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services. USDA provides technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. Rural Development achieves its mission by helping rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs. Rural Development works to make sure that rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy.
The East Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (ECPDD) is a sub-state regional planning organization serving the governments of counties in East Central Mississippi. Leake County is part of ECPPD.
The Twin Districts Workforce Area comprises 19 counties: Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Greene, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lauderdale, Leake, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Perry, Pearl River, Scott, Smith, and Wayne. South Mississippi Planning& Development District acts as Fiscal Agent for Twin Districts Workforce Area in conjunction with East Central Planning and Development District. Twin Districts administers the delivery system that establishes a centrally located place where job seekers can access job training, education, and employment services, and employers can post job openings and get current information on the skills their workers will need to be competitive. Although not all services may be provided under one roof, information about how and where to access them is available at one location. In Mississippi, the one-stop system is called the Workforce Investment Network – WIN in Mississippi.