TALENT & WORKFORCE

A SKILLED WORKFORCE STARTS WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE

A highly educated community contributes immediately to a ready-to-go workforce, and our region has a high concentration of college graduates. For businesses considering a Lee County location, the strong public education and partnerships with local community colleges and universities means access to top talent and provides an immediate workforce advantage.

TALENT PIPELINE

Our regional educational institutions are committed to the providing access to everyone inNortheast Mississippi region. A robust network of community colleges throughout Mississippi serves as an engine and pipeline for companies with specialized workforce needs. This ensures the technical strength and continuity between two-year and four-year colleges remain seamless. Not only do we have great education but access to in demand professions. Lee County offers a robust concentration of health care, engineering, finance, manufacturing and information technology careers.

VITAL RESEARCH CONNECTIONS

Northeast Mississippi is home to over two major research universities and two community colleges, all within a one-hour drive. It also has a very strong demand for steam jobs in health care, finance, manufacturing, and information technology.

“Above all, Lee County and the Northeast Mississippi area have consistently provided the skilled and talented workforce that we have needed to expand and prosper.”
Peter Rinaldi, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, General Atomics

ADVANCING MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY

Lee County strongly supports manufacturing and technology company growth, but all of this begins with a robust educational pipeline supplying those in demand skills. We have worked together in partnership with our universities and community colleges to continually innovate and move forward.

 

University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi features the state-of-the-art, Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME). CME students learn accountancy, business, and engineering principles through the lens of manufacturing. The CME brings together a select group of diverse students from various majors in a collaborative learning experience designed to replicate the real work world of modern manufacturing.

Mississippi State University

The Center for Advanced Vehicular Studies (CAVS) at Mississippi State University is a world-class technology development center comprised of engineering, research, development and technology transfer teams. CAVS committed to exploring solutions to complex problems, in areas such as autonomous vehicles, materials science, high-performance computing, advanced controls, and human-machine interaction.

Itawamba Community College

The Manufacturing Solutions Center and Applied Sciences Campuses of Itawamba Community College in Lee County features a 250,000 sq. ft., complex dedicated to manufacturing career development, and a state-of-the-art training facility for nursing and applied sciences for the health care talent pool.

TALENT LIAISON

CDF’s deep understanding of existing and emerging industries allows our team to work to create sustainable workforce solutions that are tailored to this region—increasing the ability for your company to access highly talented workers throughout the region. Our dedicated talent liaison will pair employers with potential employees, coordinate job fairs, and expand your reach to:

  • Colleges and universities throughout the region
  • Active military and veteran service members
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Community-based organizations and nonprofits

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Gina Black

Gina Black

Community Development Foundation
Project Manager
Maddin Hutto

Maddin Hutto

Community Development Foundation
Project Manager