Winners share some $75,000 to develop, market sites
Environmental site assessments, improved product development, enhanced talent pipelines. None of this is very sexy sounding---unless you’re a company looking to establish or expand its business.
Our economic development team knows what it takes to attract business and industry, and we’ve set out to ensure the state’s communities are competitive by awarding grants for exactly these types of things.
Through our Excellerator Competitive Communities Program, now in its second year, we recently awarded $75,000 in grants to ten Mississippi communities to improve their competitiveness and local economy. This year’s winning counties are Claiborne, Grenada, Madison, Montgomery, Pike, Tate, Tunica, Walthall, Warren and Washington.
These Mississippi communities and others already have advantages like proximity to major waterways and interstate systems, low cost of living and low utility rates. With Entergy’s expertise and financial support, they can improve their site readiness, marketing and other key areas that will help them further stand out to prospective businesses.
In addition to assessments and grants, we offer training and workshops to all counties in our service area through the Excellerator program. Our economic development team conducts community assessments annually so communities can prepare for the grant cycle each year.
But it’s about more than enhancing economic development. We’re investing in our communities so our customers can have opportunities without having to leave the state. Through this program, we’re helping people stay and thrive in Mississippi.
Because when our communities win, we all win.
Director, Business & Economic Development, Entergy Mississippi