MDA closing regional offices

The Mississippi Development Authority is closing its regional offices across the state, in an effort to streamline operations and on recommendation from a recent study.

The move will close eight offices and eliminate 11 positions, 10 of which are currently filled, MDA officials said. They said they could not immediately provide what the cost savings would be for the agency. Lawmakers recently increased MDA’s budget from 24.1 million this year to $26.7 million for fiscal 2016.

The state’s economic development agency has operated the regional offices to assist local economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and Main Street programs.