Perfected in Mississippi
Achieving success in today's global marketplace means companies need a competitive advantage — and they are finding that advantage in Mississippi. The state offers some of the most competitive energy and operating costs in the United States, streamlined one-stop permitting, a highly skilled workforce and a robust transportation infrastructure. Combined, these advantages make up part of the winning formula for a growing list of global companies that call Mississippi home.
Mississippi understands the demands of industries and collaborates with local, state and regional leaders to provide solutions to their challenges. This collaboration drives success in Mississippi and creates a business friendly climate where companies thrive. This is a state where "Made in the USA: Perfected in Mississippi" is more than just a slogan. It is the driving force behind how Mississippi does business.
To meet today's workforce needs, manufacturers have access to Mississippi's network of 15 community colleges, which offer customized workforce training programs tailored to each company's individual needs. The state's four research universities add to this advantage by providing access to world-class research and development opportunities, including specialized focus areas in aerospace, automotive, advanced materials, energy and health care.
Manufacturers enjoy a well-integrated transportation infrastructure that features 14 federal highways and six U.S. interstate highways, 80 airports, 2,500 miles of railroad track and 16 ports, including two deepwater ports. This proven transportation network and Mississippi's central location provide an efficient link to many U.S. – as well as international – markets to which manufacturers can efficiently distribute their products.
Mississippi's growing automotive industry is a dominant force in the Southern Automotive Corridor. Nissan North America has had a strong, successful presence in Mississippi for more than a decade. The company has invested more than $2 billion in its Canton operations and employs more than 5,600 team members at the facility. Additional global companies recognize Mississippi's advantages and are moving quickly to utilize them. In September 2013, German-based crankshaft manufacturer Feuer Powertrain GmbH announced plans to locate its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Tunica, creating 300 jobs.
The state also strives to provide information and resources that keep communities competitive. The asset mapping program identifies resources within Mississippi communities as well as a plan to further develop those resources. Since the program's inception, 31 communities within the counties covered by the Delta Regional Authority have had their assets mapped. The information gathered in the process gives prospective companies a complete look at communities that might be an ideal location for their business.
Creating an environment for sustainable growth is a top priority for Mississippi's leaders. In May 2013, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law landmark legislation for sales tax exemptions on energy for manufacturing and a 25 percent rebate on research and development costs for companies.