Economic Development Representative - Mississippi Power

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Economic Development Representative



This position is located in the Northern Division. Office location may be Hattiesburg, Laurel, or Meridian, depending on the successful candidate. Some relocation assistance may be available for this position.


This position is responsible for generating project leads and managing projects to achieve our mission of increasing revenue through the location, expansion, and retention of business.

The Economic Development Representative is responsible for participating in recruiting events in order to recruit business executives and site selection consultants to our service territory. The position is also responsible for working closely with state, regional and local economic development organizations and providing professional project management assistance on both new and expansion projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, economic development or related preferred

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in economic development, sales or marketing, business or related fields is strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the economic development process and the political economic development environment.

  • A track record in exercising sound judgment and in handling confidential information.

  • Highly organized with attention to detail and the ability to work on multiple time-critical projects without direct supervision.

  • An understanding of relationship-based sales and marketing.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse team, both internally and externally.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills.

  • A general working knowledge of company operations is preferred.

  • Model all aspects of Our Values and PCL behaviors.


  • Develop strong working alliances with state, regional and local economic development organizations. Provide professional project management support of new business recruitment efforts and projects involving the retention or expansion of existing businesses.

  • Meet and establish relationships with business executives who are considering expanding or relocating their operations. Build a business case for locating business in the company service territory.

  • Build strong working relationships with site location consultants, industrial realtors, construction companies, and others. Leverage these relationships to get our communities considered for projects.

  • Work cooperatively with the economic development team and internal partners on economic development issues, i.e., Marketing, Community Development, AFT, Transmission, Distribution, and Division personnel.

  • Take responsibility for planning and conducting site tours for prospects and consultants in our service territory.

  • Participate in familiarization tours, conference calls and other events in order to generate leads.

  • Take primary responsibility for the development and timely submittal of responses to Requests for Information (RFIs)/Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Provide oversight to support personnel engaged in rate analysis, research, mapping, creative design, and packaging.

  • Become knowledgeable about the company service area-workforce, transportation and utility infrastructure, industrial parks and available buildings, tax and development incentives, and rates.

  • Keep the Director and Manager informed of project activity. Update information systems on a regular basis.

  • Manage an individual budget for meals and travel.

Mississippi Power a subsidiary of Southern Company, serves southeast Mississippi. We have a history of customer and community service, economic development leadership, environmental stewardship and employee involvement.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Sales & Marketing

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Mississippi-Pine Belt/ Hattiesburg Area-Hattiesburg

Operating Company: Mississippi Power Company

Other Locations: Mississippi-Pine Belt/ Hattiesburg Area-Laurel, Mississippi-Meridian Area-Meridian

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 50 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Pine Belt Division Office - 5082 Highway 42 (5082HATTIESBURG)

5082 Highway 42

Hattiesburg, 39401

Laurel Office - 108 Mason Street (108LAUREL)

108 Mason Street

Laurel, 39440

Meridian District Office - 2401 11th Street (2401MERIDIAN)

2401 11th Street

Meridian, 39301

Req ID: MPC2001774