Mississippi communities have unique histories and personalities, and they have diverse assets that can be leveraged for business development and economic prosperity. As globalization continues to influence the business world and more people buy and sell products online, communities can expand beyond the traditional borders of location to develop new opportunities and attract new clients. Community economic development, when implemented correctly, can help communities remain competitive and adapt to the constantly changing world.
Almost 10 percent of Mississippi’s $11 billion in annual exports are agricultural products, and Mississippi State University Extension Service experts are working to see that amount increase.
The most recent set of economic, community health and retail data is available to developers working to improve Mississippi counties and towns.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Massive quantities of local economic, community health and retail data gathered and organized help the Mississippi State University Extension Service fulfill its mission of extending knowledge and changing lives.
Alan Barefield, Extension economic development specialist, oversees the process of gathering retail, health and economic data from sources that include the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and several proprietary data sources. The team analyzes this data and provides information to Mississippi counties and towns.
There’s nothing quite like a charming Main Street. Lined with local shops, restaurants, and businesses, these streets are essential to building vibrant communities.