Seated (l-r) MCBL&F Chairman Cecil Harper, Madison County Superintendent of Schools Charlotte Seals. Standing (l-r): MCBL&F Executive Director Jan Collins, Madison County Schools Director of Career and Technical Education and Career Academies Blaise King, and MCEDA Chief Operating Officer Danielle Winningham

Seated (l-r) MCBL&F Chairman Cecil Harper, Canton Public Schools (CPS) Gary Hannah. Standing (l-r): CPS Director of Career Technical Education Rodney Harris, MCBL&F Executive Director Jan Collins, MCEDA COO Danielle Winningham, Chairman of the Canton Public Schools Board Johnny Brown.

Madison County, MS – August 9, 2019– To further workforce development initiatives in Madison County, the Madison County Business League and Foundation (MCBL&F) and the Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) have defined the process to enable companies like Nissan to donate excess and idled equipment to workforce development training centers and career and technical education centers at public schools and colleges located in Madison County.

The Madison County Business League and Foundation, private sector partner for Madison County Economic Development Authority, has worked with Nissan North America in Canton to create and establish a donation agreement between the two parties that allows the donation of vehicles, engines, robots, equipment and components to public schools. 

“This new process provides access to valuable training assets that previously were inaccessible to our Madison County Public Schools” said Cecil Harper, Chairman of the Madison County Business League and Foundation. “Nissan will donate the surplus equipment to the Madison County Business League & Foundation and the MCBL&F will donate the assets to the schools.” 

“Workforce development and support of existing businesses are key components of economic development”, said Joseph P. Deason, Executive Director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority.  “The partnerships we have built are providing a foundation for more opportunities in Madison County by enhancing technical education for our emerging workforce.”

As the leader of economic development for Madison County, MCEDA’s mission is to encourage the growth of the county’s existing business and industry, attract new investment and higher-paying jobs, and to increase Madison County’s competitiveness leading to a diverse, vibrant economy benefitting all the county’s citizens. 

The Madison County Business League & Foundation was created in 2008 by the Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) and the Madison County Board of Supervisors as a 501©6 nonpartisan economic development support organization which connects chief executive leadership with elected officials, on all levels, to promote economic planning and development.

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