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MDA Head Gets a Salary Boost


JACKSON, Miss. — A big pay hike for the head of the Mississippi Development Authority and it’s not coming from your tax dollars.

Brent Christensen already makes $83,000 a year.  The Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development is giving him another $47,000.  That’s the maximum amount of the stipend private economic development groups can donate to the head of the MDA by law.  But they have to name the businesses giving the money.   Some argue that could lead to favoritism for those businesses.  While others insist it’s crazy to think the MDA head wouldn’t already know who’s giving him the money.

The following is a list of those businesses donating to the $47,000 going to Christenson:


The Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development Inc.
MDA Fund Contributors
Allen Beverages, Inc. 1000.00
Atmos Energy Corporation 2000.00
Balch & Bingham LLP 2000.00
BancorpSouth 2000.00
James L. Barksdale 2000.00
BKD LLP 1000.00
Butler Snow O’Mara Stevens and Cannada, PLLC 2000.00
Charter Bank 500.00
Comet Street Inc 500.00
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company 2000.00
Double Quick, Inc. 1000.00
Entergy Corporation 2000.00
Ergon Inc. 1500.00
FL Crane & Sons, Inc. 500.00
Greater Laurel Industrial Park 1000.00
GulfSouth Capital, Inc. 1000.00
Hancock Bank/Whitney 2000.00
Mattiace Development Company LLC 1000.00
Merchants & Marine Bank 1000.00
Mississippi Power Company 2000.00
Nucor Steel Jackson, Inc. 1000.00
Paxton Media dba The Daily Corinthian 500.00
Renasant Bank 1000.00
Sanderson Farms, Inc. 2000.00
South Mississippi EPA Group 2000.00
( Coast Electric Power Association,
South Mississippi Electric Power Association,
Singing River Electric Power Association,
Southern Pine Electric Power Association)
Structual Steel Services, Inc. 2000.00
Theodore S. & Theordora L. Moll 1000.00
Telesouth Communications, Inc. 2000.00
TempStaff 1000.00
The Citizens Bank ( Philadelphia) 1000.00
The Merchants Company 500.00
The Weaver Consolidated Group, Inc. dba
Tupelo Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company 500.00
Trustmark 2000.00
Tyson Foods Inc. 500.00
VT Halter Marine, Inc. 2000.00


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