Wade Jones brings 35 years of management and leadership Economic Development experience to HCDC
Gulfport, Miss. - The Harrison County Development Commission (HCDC) recently hired Wade Jones as director of economic development. Jones brings more than 35 years of management and economic development experience to HCDC.
Most recently, Jones was president of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) in Meridian, which serves as the economic development agency and the chamber of commerce for Meridian and Lauderdale County. He spent more than 13 years with the EMBDC, assisting in the location of 700 new jobs and $100 million in capital investment.
Prior to his work at the EMBDC, Jones worked for Mississippi Power Company as manager of the Meridian division, manager of the Biloxi area office and manager of state legislative affairs. From 1983 to 1987, he was executive director of the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce. Jones also spent time as the manager of public affairs for the Jackson Metro Chamber of Commerce and assistant director, industrial development for the Delta Council in Stoneville, Miss.
Jones is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Southeastern Economic Development Council and the Mississippi Economic Development Council. In 2006, he was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to the Momentum Mississippi Steering Committee.
HCDC Executive Director Bill Hessell says, “We welcome Mr. Jones to the Development Commission. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization, and he’ll be a valuable asset to the community. We look forward to working with him.
Gary Chouest, CEO
Edison Chouest Offhsore
“As we have already learned in the operation of our Gulf Ship facility, the Gulfport region will provide us access to a quality workforce. We appreciate the cooperation and support of the local officials who are providing a business friendly environment to grow our company.”