April 2018
The Enterprise of Mississippi Newsletter
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Choctaw County Receives Opportunity Zone Designation 

Jackson, Miss. (April. 9, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have designated 100 Mississippi communities as Qualified Opportunity Zones to spur economic growth in the state.

Opportunity Zone designations encourage long-term investments in low-income and rural communities through Qualified Opportunity Funds. Private investors can earn tax relief through investments made in a designated Opportunity Zone. Tax benefits increase the longer investments are in place. This new community development program was established through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

“Opportunity Zones in Mississippi will attract significant private sector investment, help grow our state’s economy and create new jobs,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “This program is another business advantage existing industries and new companies will find in our state.”

Read the complete Press Release from the Mississippi Development Authority HERE.

For a map of designated Opportunity Zones in Mississippi, please click here.

For additional information on Opportunity Zones, please go to

Upcoming Industry Meeting in May
Date: May 10 

Time: 3:30 p.m. 

Location: Webster County Career & Technical Center

605 Hall Road, Eupora 

Izalda Anderson, Business Services Representative with Three Rivers Planning & Development District will share the benefits and guidelines to internship programs, on the job training and youth internship work programs. And details about apprenticeship programs she has help implement in north Mississippi. Don't miss this program if you are looking for entry level employees and want to reduce the costs associated with turnover!
Choctaw and Webster Selected for MDA Aspire
Aspire Mississippi is an application-based, results-oriented, data-driven leadership initiative. Designed to build greater capacity in Mississippi counties, it engages local stakeholders in relevant training and community-based projects, resulting in significant and sustainable community and economic development outcomes. 

The program aims:
  • To help communities reach their potential by providing training and technical assistance to a broad-based, diverse team of existing and emerging leaders.
  • To facilitate project-driven initiatives to improve community relations, enhance career pathways, build wealth and improve quality of life to make communities more attractive to industrial prospects, individuals, families, and visitors. 
The program will begin this month. Team members were asked to participate based off application parameters such as local school district, elected officials, community board representatives and volunteers, faith based organizations, workforce development, etc. 
Team members from Choctaw County are:
Juliette Ashford
Glen Blaine
Lara Bowman
Tim Cutts
Deanie Graves
Juli Hughes
Mitzi Lawrence
Joey Stephenson
Team members from Webster County are:
Pat Crowley
Lamar Dumas
Kyle Ivy
Michael Kolb
Kelly Powell
Lisa Stewart
Melissa Vaughan
Chad Winter
Female Entrepreneurs have Decades of Success in Rural Communities
The Enterprise of Mississippi has committed to telling our story better. What does this mean? We will spend 2018 highlighting the advantages of our region to retain and attract population and workforce. We may be a rural area, but there are unique advantages and colorful people who have found years of success in The Enterprise region.
National headlines read of doom and gloom for retail storefronts across the country, but two women in The Enterprise have found success in growing their retail businesses by adapting and implementing online sales. Rural communities can remain successful and vibrant with entrepreneurs who understand their market is the world wide web and use their storefronts to attract customers from across the region and state. Two local store fronts are doing just that in Ackerman and French Camp. 

Read the stories of Main Street Fabrics and Barlow Blue HERE
Click on the photos above to visit the Etsy page of Main Street Fabrics and website of Barlow Blue
Bowman featured in Mississippi Prospects Podcast 
Mississippi Economic Development Council and Mississippi Development Authority have sponsored a podcast series about community and economic development called Mississippi Prospects. The podcast series discusses industry topics with leaders and special guests from around the state ranging from leadership to site readiness. Lara Bowman is featured in episode 5 of the podcast series. Listen to her podcast titled "How to be a Disruptor," and all podcasts in the series at the links below.
Link to listen in iTunes
Link to listen online

Support The Enterprise of Mississippi
The Enterprise is seeking external funding and kicking off a fundraising campaign. We will focus this next year on making improvements to existing industrial property and planning long-term to acquire new property for industrial development. We will take a closer look at workforce development in our area to strengthen training programs and access to resources for employers and job applicants to improve and expand their skill set. All while continuing to market and build relationships to increase knowledge of The Enterprise to external partners. Your support is needed to continue to build off the success of the last year. 

If you would like to become a Supporter of The Enterprise please view our Levels of Support for 2017-2018. Contact Lara Bowman at 769-610-1795 or to learn more.

Platinum Level Supporter of The Enterprise:

Mississippi Lignite Mining Company 

Silver Level Supporters of The Enterprise 

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