Madison County, Miss. (August 18, 2020) – The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) has hired Stacy Lester as Chief Operating Officer. Stacy will begin her new position beginning September 21st, 2020.
Lester brings with her over thirteen years of economic development experience. Previous roles include project management for the Mississippi Development Authority and most recently a focus on industrial growth initiatives for Mississippi Power. Lester holds a Bachelor’s in Polymer Science and a Masters in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Prior to joining MCEDA, Lester served as an Industrial Strategist at Mississippi Power. In this role, she provided guidance on initiatives that influenced the economic development department’s industrial recruitment strategy. Her responsibilities included gathering market intelligence, generating workforce data and developing an industrial lead generation program that aligned with the company’s target market sectors. Throughout her career she has assisted many companies in their site selection needs including General Dynamics, GE Aviation, and McKesson. Joey Deason, Executive Director of MCEDA, said “Stacy’s in-depth Project Management experience combined with her Industrial Strategist background will be utilized extensively in her new role and we are very excited she has joined the MCEDA Team”.
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.