Industry Overview

Why Mississippi

A Central Location
Mississippi enjoys a prime location in the United States with easy access to the East and West coasts, as well as direct access to the Gulf Coast.

Whatever your business needs may be, the state’s location and transportation capabilities allow your business to get where it needs to go quickly.

  • By highway:
    Mississippi is within a day’s drive of major markets, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, Memphis, Mobile, Nashville, New Orleans and St. Louis.
  • By plane:
    Mississippi is home to more than 80 airports, including two international airports in Jackson and Gulfport-Biloxi. The state’s close proximity to New Orleans and Memphis, home of FedEx, add further options, meaning you or your product can go – or come – from anywhere.
  • By rail:
    Twenty-seven rail systems serve Mississippi with more than 2,500 miles of track.
  • By sea:
    Mississippi has 15 ports, including two deepwater ports on the Gulf Coast that serve worldwide commerce.

A Supportive Business Climate

The cost of doing business in Mississippi is low, but the state works to make it even more supportive of you and your business.

Read about tax incentives and business programs Mississippi offers here.

Read about the training Mississippi offers your workers here.

A Ready, Able Workforce
Mississippi offers or helps subsidize a variety of on-the-job training programs for businesses in the state. It also works to keep a trained, talented workforce ready for the challenges of a rapidly changing global economy.

Learn more about:
Mississippi’s community and junior college network, and the programs they offer to the state’s workforce here

Mississippi’s public research universities and their work to keep the state and its workers on the cutting edge here.