Entergy named one of the best public services for economic development

Notable investments Entergy helped secure were facilities in DeSoto County, including AWG and Google’s operations center.

Despite the challenges presented by 2020, Entergy has continued to play a vital role in the Gulf Coast region by helping to secure billions of dollars of capital investments and creating thousands of jobs in the communities it dessert. This includes $ 659 million in investment and 2,360 jobs in the Entergy Mississippi 45-county service area. This work during an unprecedented period led Site selection magazine to recognize Entergy as one of the top 10 electric utilities in the country in terms of economic development for the 14e year in a row.

“Our first obligation is to provide safe and affordable energy. But we’re responsible for more than that, ”said Haley Fisackerly, President and CEO of Entergy Mississippi. “The challenges of the past year created unexpected difficulties for everyone. One of the ways we have responded has been to stimulate economic development to fuel the lives of our customers and our communities. We are proud of the important role Entergy plays in attracting business and growth to our state, and the positive impact this has.

Notable investments in Mississippi in 2020 include:

  • AWG – Associate Wholesale Grocers announced the merger of two distribution centers, creating an automated warehouse in Hernando with 590 jobs. The $ 300 million investment created 79 new jobs.
  • Google Operations Center announced the opening of its first operations center in the United States. Located in Southaven, this $ 10 million investment created 350 jobs.
  • Amazon announced that it will build a distribution center on the Madison Mega Site, an Entergy certified site. This $ 200 million investment would create 1,000 jobs. Amazon announced four installations in the Entergy region in 2020, representing an investment of $ 820 million.

Criteria used by Site selection for its rankings include the use of innovative business programs and incentives, website tools and data, as well as investment trends in the infrastructure and job-creating facilities of each utility. In Mississippi, the magazine took into account these Entergy offers, among others:

  • Excel scholarships. This grant program awarded $ 100,000 to communities in 2020 for industrial site development, strategic planning and economic development marketing.
  • ACT certification of ready-to-work communities. Entergy Mississippi brought in representatives from ACT to organize “boot camp” training sessions for communities seeking to become a certified, work-ready community. The ACT program aims to close the skills gap through workforce development. This gives ACT certified communities an edge when competing for businesses.
  • Proactive construction of substations for economic development. Entergy Mississippi has announced approval to build a $ 57 million substation at Madison Mega Site. The company is building the substation to create a competitive advantage in recruiting major economic development projects.

Entergy provides businesses with access to the essential information needed to locate, grow and promote their business in its four-state region. Entergy also provides business site selection, project management, major projects and contract services. Find out how Entergy is driving business growth for the region at goentergy.com.

To look at Site selection magazine ranking, visit its website.