Mara M. Hartmann
JACKSON, Mississippi – Ten Mississippi counties will share $75,000 in grants for projects to make them more competitive among companies looking to establish or expand their operations.
In its second year, Entergy Mississippi’s Excellerator Competitive Communities program, awarded grants for environmental site assessments, website development, marketing and more.
“When our communities win, we all win,” said Ed Gardner, Entergy Mississippi director of business and economic development. “That’s why we’re trying to make them as competitive as possible through grants that will let them address specific needs at their industrial sites or through their marketing programs.”
This year’s winning counties are Claiborne, Grenada, Madison, Montgomery, Pike, Tate, Tunica, Walthall, Warren and Washington.
Mississippi communities 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, these communities 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, the Excellerator program offers training and workshops to all counties in Entergy’s service area. The Entergy Mississippi economic development team conducts community assessments annually so communities can prepare for the grant cycle each year.
“We’re investing in our communities so our customers can have opportunities without having to leave the state,” said Gardner. “It’s about more than enhancing economic development. Through this program, we’re helping people stay and thrive in Mississippi.”
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 449,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.