Most notably, the state tied for second for both its competitive utility rates and speed of permitting. “We have an incredible utility infrastructure in the state and some great partnerships with our energy providers who help to keep this state competitive,” says Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.
Mississippi prides itself on helping businesses quickly navigate through its permitting processes. For example, the Department of Environmental Quality has a long track record of moving major projects through the permitting process very quickly. When Nissan decided to locate a new plant in Canton back in 2000, the permitting process was completed in 74 days. Permitting for another key employer in the state, Severstal, which included a one-million-square-foot campus on 1,400 acres, was completed in just 62 days.