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Board of Directors

MEDC 2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS

President

Mr. Cary Karlson, Executive Director
Washington County Economic Alliance
PO Box 933, Greenville, MS 38702
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President-Elect

Mr. Skip Scaggs, Executive Director
Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 128, Amory, MS 38821
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Vice President - Chamber Development

Ms. Mandi Arinder, IOM, Executive Director
Rankin County Chamber of Commerce
101 Service Drive, Brandon, MS 39042
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Vice President - Community Development

Ms. Allison Beasley, Planning Director
Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District
9229 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS 39503
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Vice President - Economic Development

Mr. Mitch Stringer, Economic Development Manager
Cooperative Energy 
201 N President Street, Jackson, MS 39201
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Vice President - Emerging Leaders


Mr. Curnis Upkins, III, Director Of Business Development
Hinds County Economic Development Authority
PO Box 248, Jackson, MS 39205
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Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Guy Johnson, Vice President
Economic Development
Coast Electric Power Association
PO Box 2430, Bay St. Louis, MS 39521
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Immediate Past President

Mr. Greg Word, Senior Vice President
Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership
P. O. Box 3318, Jackson, MS  39225
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Director - District 1 

Ms. Lyn Arnold, President
Tunica County Chamber of Commerce and EDF
PO Box 1888, Tunica, MS 38676
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Director - District 2 

Mr. David Rumbarger, President and CEO
Community Development Foundation
398 E. Main St., CDF Center, Tupelo, MS 38804
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Director - District 3

Ms. Angela Curry, Executive Director
Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation
PO Box 26, Greenwood, MS 38935
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Director - District 4

Mr. Craig Hitt, Executive Director
Kemper County Economic Development Authority
14062 Highway 16W, DeKalb, MS 39328
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Director - District 5

Mr. Taurus Wright, Business Development Manager
Entergy Mississippi, Inc.
PO Box 1640, Jackson, MS 39215
601.969.2349; fax: 601.969.2313
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Director - District 6

Mr. Chandler Russ, Executive Director
Natchez, Inc.
PO Box 700, Natchez, MS 39121
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Director - District 7

Ms. Valencia Williamson, IOM, Vice President of Chamber Of Commerce
Area Development Partnership
One Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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Director - District 8

Ms. Christine Pate, Deputy Director
Jackson County Economic Development Foundation
3033 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula, MS 39568
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Director - At-Large

Mr. Brian Useforge, Economic Development Director
Mississippi Power Company
PO Box 4079, Gulfport, MS 39502
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Director - At-Large

Ms. Brenda Lathan, Vice President
Economic Development
Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK
PO Box 1328, Columbus, MS 39703
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MDA Executive Director (ex officio)

Mr. Glenn McCullough, Executive Director/CEO
Mississippi Development Authority
P.O. Box 849, Jackson, MS 39205
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Mississippi SEDC Director 

Mr. Blake Wallace, Executive Director
Hinds County Economic Development Authority
Po Box 248, Jackson, MS 39205
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Mississippi SEDC Alt. Director

Mr. Jon Maynard, President and CEO
Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and Chamber of Commerce
299 Jackson Avenue West, Oxford, MS 38655
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Chairman - Chamber Development Committee

Ms. Mandi Arinder, IOM, Executive Director
Rankin County Chamber of Commerce
101 Service Drive, Brandon, MS 39042
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Chairman – Community Economic Dev. Awards Committee

Mr. Chance McDavid, Director
Asset Development Division
Mississippi Development Authority
P. O. Box 849, Jackson, MS  39205
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Chairman - Scholarship Committee

Mr. Chance McDavid, Director
Asset Development Division
Mississippi Development Authority
P. O. Box 849, Jackson, MS  39205
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