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Winners share $100,000-plus for marketing, site readiness and organizational excellence

JACKSON, Mississippi – In a post-COVID-19 world, it will take more than business as usual to get noticed by companies looking to move or expand facilities. Communities are getting a boost from Entergy Mississippi to help them stand out in the economic development arena.

Entergy has awarded these communities more than $100,000 in matching grants through the company’s Excellerator Competitive Communities program. In its fourth year, the program recognizes excellence in marketing, site readiness and organizational excellence.

“These grants are more important than ever as we work to help Mississippi recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” said Ed Gardner, Entergy Mississippi director of business and economic development. “The world of economic development is highly competitive, and Entergy works hard to help our communities be as prepared as possible so they can increase their chances of success.”

This year marketing grant applications topped the list. This shows that economic development organizations are enhancing the ways they promote their communities to site selectors.

Marketing grant winners:

  • Greater Jackson Alliance
  • Greater Grenada Partnership
  • Southwest Mississippi Partnership
  • Washington County Economic Alliance

Entergy’s interest in helping communities develop and maintain quality industrial sites continues to be paramount. The company continues to invest in site readiness activities that support industrial growth and sustainability.

Site readiness grant recipients:

  • Claiborne County Economic Development District
  • Hinds County Economic Development Authority
  • Pike County Economic Development District
  • Warren County Partnership

The success of a community is dependent on the health and structure of its economic development organization. Entergy supports nurturing successful economic development groups.

Organizational Excellence winners:

  • Washington County Economic Alliance
  • Cleveland – Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce

Along with assessments and grants, the Excellerator program offers training and workshops to all counties in Entergy’s service area. Entergy’s economic development team works with communities year-round to help prepare them for growth.

“We invest in our communities so customers can have opportunities without having to leave the state,” said Gardner. “This program helps people stay and thrive right here in Mississippi.”

Learn more about economic development at Entergy and key tools to help our communities grow at goentergy.com/our-region/mississippi/.

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 450,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 8,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,600 employees.

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