#42 Mississippi


#33 in Taxation and Regulation

#48 in Workforce Quality

#50 in Living Environment

Right to Work?

Regional Profile – Southeast

STATE
OVERALL REGIONAL RANK
TAXATION & REGULATION REGIONAL RANK
WORKFORCE QUALITY REGIONAL RANK
LIVING ENVIRONMENT REGIONAL RANK
Alabama
7
6
7
8
Florida
1
2
6
5
Georgia
5
4
2
3
Kentucky
8
7
8
7
Louisiana
10
9
9
9
Mississippi
11
10
10
11
North Carolina
2
5
3
1
South Carolina
4
3
5
2
Tennessee
3
1
1
4
Virginia
6
8
4
6
West Virginia
9
11
11
10

Key Industries

Advanced manufacturing, Aerospace, Agribusiness, Automotive, Energy, Film, Healthcare, Shipbuilding, Tourism

Key Companies

BancorpSouth

Cal-Maine Foods

Hancock Holding Co.

Sanderson Farms

Trustmark

Venture Technologies

Advantages

German auto maker Grammer is locating it’s U.S. headquarters in Ole Miss, bringing with it 650 jobs.

In this year’s survey, Mississippi-based CEOs tended to rank their states as more friendly than did CEOs overall.

Challenges

CEOs and business leaders, including those of IBM, PwC, Microsoft and Starwood, are speaking out against Mississippi’s new religious freedom law, which has the strongest anti-gay language seen yet.

Casino gambling was down 5% in March 2016.

More than 3,000 bridges in Mississippi are in disrepair and can’t handle the load they need to carry today

Key Contacts

Development Authority

Glenn L. McCullough, Jr., Executive Director
601-359-3449
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

gmccullough@mississippi.org
https://www.mississippi.org/

CEO Comments

“Indiana, Virginia and Mississippi have consistently ranked in the top 3 in offering not just competitive incentives for business, but also packages that improve the skill sets to hire a qualified, work-ready workforce.”

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