Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) is excited to announce the promotion of their Business Development Director, Lauren Scheel, CEcD to Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Scheel’s career in economic development began back in 2014 with the Mississippi Development Authority in the Business Intelligence Division under the Bryant Administration. She assumed various roles of increasing responsibility at the agency culminating with a role within the Global Business Division as a project manager focusing on the aerospace sector.
Ms. Scheel joined the MCEDA team in 2017 as the Director of Business Development alongside Joey Deason, Executive Director of MCEDA. In her role as Business Development Director, Ms. Scheel assists existing industry with workforce, tax, grant and expansion opportunities. Her role also involves the recruitment of new industry into Madison County and actively promoting the industrial assets in the county to site location consultants.
Assuming the role of Director of Business Development is current MCEDA Office Manager, Emily Harrison. Ms. Harrison has a strong background in economic development, which first began at Golden Triangle Development LINK . Working under the leadership of Joe Max Higgins, Ms. Harrison worked as Director of Programs and Events at the Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and then as a Project Manager for The Link.
“Lauren and Emily work tirelessly for the people of Madison County to promote the region. They bring new and innovative ideas to the table. Both will serve this organization well with their vast experience in economic development,” said Joey Deason, Executive Director of MCEDA.
Outgoing Chief Operating Officer, Stacy Lester said, “I am so proud of the MCEDA team. Emily and Lauren have provided tremendous value to the community. Their commitment to the field of economic development is impressive, and I am excited to see them grow into leadership roles.”
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.