JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Development Authority has released their Incentive Report for 2012. The 30-page document from the MDA lists programs and incentives including tax incentives, grants, loans, and other projects that are used to attract businesses and manufacturers to the state. The list also shows those economic impact those businesses have had on the state.
Recently the MDA has said they would like to shift their focus more toward improving the infrastructure as opposed to company financing.
“Companies are coming and the first question they are asking is - What is the workforce like in this area? Am I going to find the skilled quality labor force that we need?” said Brent Christiansen, Executive Director for the Mississippi Development Authority.
The MDA said there are not proposing any reductions in their incentive programs, but they would to see more funding toward developing programs that enhance the workforce such as co-op programs.
Christiansen says the southeast region of the United States is currently a highly competitive region for economic development and our competitors like Alabama have increased their development authority by 130 million dollars.