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Sunday, January 25, 2015
 News Archives

The Southern Auto Corridor

It's down to the Southern Auto Corridor and Mexico for automakers

Mississippi Enters Second Decade of Assembly

BMW in South Carolina: Two decades and thriving

Nissan and Tennessee: A 30-year partnership unlike any other in North America's automotive sector

20 years of Mercedes-Benz in Alabama: A defining moment in the Heart of Dixie

The tremendous success of the Hyundai-Kia model in the Southern Auto Corridor

Ford's resurgence in Louisville

2013 Motor Vehicle Parts Supplier Guide

Community preparedness is about vision

20th Anniversary Edition

The Incentives Debate

A New Day in Paradise

The Birth of a Louisiana Super Region

Arkansas: A Real Approach to Economic Development

Southern Mega Sites

Manufacturing Rules!

Virginia: The American South's Crown Jewel of Smarts

Infrastructure supporting business and industry in ROVA (the rest of Virginia)

A semiconductor plant for Martinsville, Va.?

Roanoke: A smart, shining star

2012 Person of the Year: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

Watch out world: The Palmetto is back

Green Solutions for Red States

Ten Southern markets that are manufacturing location no-brainers

Ten megasites in the South for the next 'Big Kahuna'

Ten small Southern markets that are seeing their economies soar 

Automotive Hot Spots in the Southern Auto Corridor

Sumter, S.C. wins big – beating the odds by getting into the game

Florida's inland port strategy could result in thousands of new jobs

Rural unemployment rate in Virginia dropped a point in 2011

Clean Tech is growing in an automotive industry-like way in the South and North Carolina is joining in the fray

No Southern state's rural regions benefited more from the recovery in 2011 than Kentucky's


Where in the World would the South's economy be without Foreign Direct Investment?

Rural Virginia Lands Microsoft; Deal Represents Largest in Southern Virginia History

Florida Rural Broadband Alliance, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport: Access and Opportunity in the Florida Panhandle

Harnett County, N.C.: Where Preparation Plus Proximity Equals Opportunity

Boeing's Move to Charleston is already Benefitting Rural South Carolina

Arkansas' Rural Regions Fared Better than any Southern State in Recent Recession

New Intermodal Port in Rural Northwest Tennessee Draws Interest from Top Corporations

Consolidating to a Rural Tennessee Location in Order to Save Money and Grow

Texas' Massive Agribusiness Sector Makes for Huge Bioenergy Potential

Creating Quality Communities in Alabama: The Alabama Communities of Excellence Program

 Preferred Small Towns

Columbus/Lowndes County, Mississippi

A progressive business climate tempered by southern hospitality

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Why are more and more companies choosing to locate in Columbus and Lowndes County, Mississippi? Because the region has demonstrated strong leadership in business and industry development and the quality of life can’t be beat.

Indeed, Columbus/Lowndes offers a business environment and community culture that preserves the best of the past while building the best for the future. Historic buildings maintain prominence among modern structures and a progressive industry climate is tempered by southern Hospitality.

You’ll understand why so many decision makers choose Columbus/Lowndes County for their business ventures when you consider a few of the region’s many benefits, including:

  • Pro-business environment
  • Available land and buildings
  • 22 of the top 100 retailers call the region home
  • 9th wealthiest county in the state
  • 9th largest retail producer in the nation
  • One of only three economic centers in North Mississippi
  • Economic engine for Golden Triangle
  • Full service port on the Tenn-Tom Waterway
  • State’s 3rd busiest commercial airport
  • Educated, strong workforce
  • Home of Columbus Air Force Base
  • Four major universities within 75 miles
  • Regional medical center
  • Dynamic and responsive development agency, The Link, a one stop business center
  • Outstanding partnership with TVA

The 1,550-acre Lowndes County-Golden Triangle Megasite is the ONLY TVA certified megasite in Mississippi.Can you see why Columbus/Lowndes County is on the radar screen of so many industries? From automotive to aerospace and from defense to furniture, industry is flocking to this region.

Weyerhaeuser Cellulose Fibers has invested in Lowndes County on three separate occasions. “We really believe that the Columbus Lowndes Development Link has been instrumental in that overall process,” said Kent Walker, vice president a mill manager for the company. “We have found that the employee base here is outstanding. They have a tremendous work ethic; they are very qualified—through not only high school but through the local colleges that are available and the East Mississippi Community College technical training program.”

Education and training opportunities are available to aide in workforce development and place the region on the forefront for qualified employees. The region’s labor market encompasses 27 Mississippi and Alabama counties and 332,105 people who live within a 50-minute driving distance patronize the region’s retail, medical, financial and educational assets.

Regional companies can get products in and out of Columbus and Lowndes County with extreme ease. US Highway 45 runs north and south through Lowndes County and connects Jackson, Tenn. and Meridian, Miss. Next to Chicago, Columbus leads the nation with the number of railroads. Three mainline railroads and three short line railroads cross in the Lowndes County region.

The Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway provides accessibility to ports from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico and all points between. If access to a major airport hub is what you are looking for, then note that Golden Triangle Regional Airport is the third busiest airport in Mississippi with daily incoming and outgoing flights to Atlanta.

With the Nissan plant southwest in Canton, Miss., the Mercedes-Benz plant directly east in Vance, Ala. and Hyundai southeast in Montgomery, Ala., Columbus and Lowndes County economic developers are confident that the region is ideally situated to land the growing number of automotive industry players eyeing the south.

For more information about Columbus and Lowndes County, Mississippi, contact Joe Higgins at 800-748-8882, e-mail, or visit

Southern Business & Development

Corporate and Industrial Sites in the World’s Fourth-Largest Economy

Southern Business & Development

 Southern Auto Corridor

Southern Auto

Steering the Automotive Industry to the World's Fourth-Largest Economy

 Bonus Issues

101 Great Locations in the Southern Automotive Corridor

250 Best Places in the South to Locate Your Company

Southern Business & Development Southern Auto Corridor Small Town South Randle Report