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Please help us welcome the new Tate County Ecomonic Development Executive Director, J. Britt Herrin

Dec 12, 2017 - Tate County, MS

After an extensive search, J. Britt Herrin, EDFP, PCED, has been selected to lead the Tate County Economic Development Foundation (EDF). He will begin his service to the Tate County EDF on January 8, 2018. Herrin is coming to the Tate County EDF from Springhill, Louisiana where he has been the Executive Director of the North Webster Parish Industrial District since 2015. Britt is a native of Northwest Mississippi, growing up on his family farm in Quitman County and graduating High School in Marks. 

 Britt is a 1986 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Public Administration. He is also a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) and Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). He previously served as the Executive Director of the Pike County Economic Development District and Chamber of Commerce in McComb from 1996 to 2015, and the Sunflower County Economic Development District in Indianola from 1988 to 1995. Prior to that Britt worked on his family farm, and in Memphis with Bellwether Technology. 

   Herrin has formerly served as President, Vice President, and as a Board Director of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, the statewide association for Economic Development.   He also served several terms as President of the Southwest Mississippi Partnership, an alliance between ten counties in Southwest Mississippi to promote regional economic development and regional marketing, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District. He was formerly a member of the Mississippi Development Authority's Energy Development Task Force, and Mississippi Department of Employment Security's Sector Strategy Task Force and was named by Governor Phil Bryant to the Governors' Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Task Force.  He previously served on the Momentum Mississippi and Blueprint Mississippi Task Forces, in addition to being a Board Member for the Mississippi Economic Council, and the Mississippi Resource Center.  He also was member of the Mississippi Biomass Council. In 2001, he was honored by the McComb Enterprise Journal newspaper as the Citizen of the Year. 

   Britt Herrin stated" I am so very excited to be moving home and to continue my career here is a dream come true. There are so many assets to build upon to create smart growth, broaden the tax base, provide more opportunities for citizens and businesses, and to invite more people to move here and enjoy the unique quality of life that exists here in Tate County." 

    "The Search Committee felt Britt was a natural fit for Tate County, being a native of the area, but also his previous experience in community college communities in Mississippi. Britt demonstrated his view of the unique asset that Northwest Mississippi Community College plays in our community and how that can be built upon," said Doug McClure, 2017 Chairman of the Tate County Economic Development Foundation. "We felt Britt not only demonstrated successful experience in local economic development, but brings great contacts and relationships with our economic development allies. Moreover, we felt Britt shared a vision with the Search Committee for Tate County to have a broad, comprehensive strategy for long term growth in Tate County and its communities."

    "Our search committee received resumes from applicants throughout Mississippi and from seven other states giving us a very qualified pool from which to choose. We are extremely excited and consider ourselves very fortunate that Britt has chosen to return to Northwest Mississippi," stated Brant Kairit, Chairman of the Search Committee and incoming Chairman for 2018 of the Tate County EDF.

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