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Board of Directors

MEDC 2016-2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS

President

Mr. Greg Word, Senior Vice President
Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership
P. O. Box 3318, Jackson, MS  39225
601.949.7575
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President-Elect

Mr. Cary Karlson, Executive Director
Washington County Economic Alliance
PO Box 933, Greenville, MS 38702
662.378.3141; fax:662.378.3143
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Vice President - Chamber Development

Ms. Valencia Williamson, IOM, Vice President of Chamber Of Commerce
Area Development Partnership
One Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601.296.7518; fax: 601.296.7505
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Vice President - Community Development

Ms. Kim Richardson, Assistant Director
North Mississippi Industrial Development Association
PO Box 718, West Point, MS 39773
662.617.4211; fax: 662.494.3231
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Vice President - Economic Development

Mr. Mitch Stringer, Economic Development Manager
South Mississippi Electric Power Association
PO Box 15849, Hattiesburg, MS 39404
601.261.2354
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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
601.353.6056; cell: 601.918.1764; fax: 601.353.7179
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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
228.363.7329; fax: 228.363.7829
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Immediate Past President

Mr. Chad Newell, President
Area Development Partnership
One Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601.296.7513; fax: 601.296.7505
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Director - District 1 

Mr. Tim Climer, Executive Director
Tate County Economic Development Foundation
135 N. Front St., Senatobia, MS 38668
662.562.8715;  cell: 662.560.8715; fax: 662.562.5786
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Director - District 2 

Mr. Skip Scaggs, Executive Director
Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 128, Amory, MS 38821
662.256.7194; cell: 662.640.5507; fax: 662.369.6488
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Director - District 3

Ms. Angela Curry, Executive Director
Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation
PO Box 26, Greenwood, MS 38935
662.453.5321; cell: 662.299.8355; fax: 662.453.8003
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Director - District 4

Mr. Craig Hitt, Executive Director
Kemper County Economic Development Authority
14062 Highway 16W, DeKalb, MS 39328
601.743.2754; fax:601.743.2760
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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
601.445.0288; fax: 601.445.0234
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Director - District 7

Mr. Larkin Simpson, Chamber Director & Project Manager
Economic Development Authority of Jones County
PO Box 527, Laurel, MS 39441
601.649.3031; fax: 601.428.2047
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Director - District 8

Ms. Christine Pate, Deputy Director
Jackson County Economic Development Foundation
3033 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula, MS 39568
228.769.6263; cell: 228.627.7034
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Director - At-Large

Mr. Brian Useforge, Economic Development Director
Mississippi Power Company
PO Box 4079, Gulfport, MS 39502
228.865.5824
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Director - At-Large

Ms. Brenda Lathan, Vice President
Economic Development
Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK
PO Box 1328, Columbus, MS 39703
662.328.8369; fax: 662.327.3417
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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
601.359.9388; fax: 601.359.3613
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Mississippi SEDC Director 

Mr. Pablo Diaz, Executive Director
Grenada County Economic Development District
2000 Gateway Street, Suite A, Grenada, MS 38901
662.229.9502, fax: 662.229.9984
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Mississippi SEDC Alt. Director

Mr. Blake Wallace, Executive Director
Hinds County Economic Development Authority
Po Box 248, Jackson, MS 39205
601.353.6056; cell: 601.572.7201; fax: 601.353.7179
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Chairman - Chamber Development Committee

Ms. Valencia Williamson, IOM, Vice President of Chamber Of Commerce
Area Development Partnership
One Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601.296.7518; fax: 601.296.7505
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Chairman – Community Economic Dev. Awards Committee

Ms. Joy Foy, Director
Regional Services/Asset Development Division
Mississippi Development Authority
P. O. Box 849, Jackson, MS  39205
601-359-2659; cell: 601-955-7068; fax: 601-359-1971
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Chairman - Scholarship Committee

Ms. Joy Foy, Director
Regional Services/Asset Development Division
Mississippi Development Authority
P. O. Box 849, Jackson, MS  39205
601.359.2659; cell: 601.955.7068; fax: 601.359.1971
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