Mississippi welcomes and supports business ventures that create new opportunities for its people. You can see it in the incentives and tax advantages offered. You can see it in the attitudes of leaders. And you can see it in the success ratios of new and expanding businesses. Learn more about Mississippi's Business Climate, Livability, Labor/ Workforce, and Assets/ Infastructure.
Doing Business in Mississippi
Economic Outlook in Mississippi
Mississippi is home to several strong industries including Energy, Aerospace, Automotive, Defense as well strong foundations in Agriculture, Furniture and Shipbuilding.
What are the incentives to locate in Mississippi?
Ports & Airports
Mississippi has sixteen public ports located on the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. These ports significantly contribute to the local, regional, and national economies by providing employment and income to individuals in the waterborne transportation services industry and by facilitating efficient movements of freight cargo - either intermediate inputs into production processes or goods for final consumption. It is especially the enabling of efficient and cost-effective trade movements that buttress and foster private sector economic productivity. In addition, the ports provide tax revenues to local and state governments and customs fees to the Federal Government.
Ports play a vital role in the logistics network of Mississippi, often providing the lowest-cost option for freight shipping, and facilitating international trade via accessibility to international shipping routes. Gulf Coast ports enable international trade because of immediate access to international maritime routes, while the inland ports on the Mississippi River and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway serve as a feeder network to bring international trade to and from seaports, as well as to facilitate domestic trade.
Port Locations – Four public ports are located on the Gulf of Mexico (Port of Gulfport, Port of Pascagoula, Port Bienville, and Port of Biloxi), Six on the Mississippi River or its tributaries (Port of Rosedale, Yazoo County Port, Port of Greenville, Port of Vicksburg, Natchez-Adams County Port, and Claiborne County Port) Six on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (Yellow Creek Port, Port Itawamba, Port of Aberdeen, Port of Amory, Lowndes County Port, and Clay County Port).
- www.portofrosedale.com - Rosedale
- http://www.portgibsononthemississippi.com/port.html – Claiborne Co. Port
- www.natchezport.com – Natchez-Adams Port
- www.claycountyms.com – Clay Co.
- www.portofpascagoula.com – Port of Pascagoula
- www.shipmspa.com – Port of Gulfport
- http://www.hcdc.ms – Port Bienville
- http://www.portitawamba.com – Port of Itawamba
- http://www.gomonroe.org – Port of Amory
- http://vicksburgedf.org/ - Port of Vicksburg
- http://business.tenntom.org/using-the-tenn-tom/ports/yellow-creek-state-inland-port-authority - Yellow Creek
- http://www.lowndescountyport.org/ - Lowndes County
Mississippi has 78 public-use airports, which includes 7 airports that have commercial service: Columbus, Gulfport, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian, and Tupelo. These airports serve approximately 2.2 million passengers annually. The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport have multiple air carriers providing service to all parts of the country.
Mississippi has also become active in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry. Several of the airports have UAV manufacturers that provide these systems for military units all around the world.