Natchez-Adams County, MS Business Overview
PHOTO CREDIT: Aimee Guido
Natchez-Adams County is a strong work in progress, with a variety of top industries such as banking, tourism, retail and health care, and the growing Port of Natchez. Here is some background on key economic sectors and why it’s advantageous to do business in Natchez-Adams County:
There are many good reasons for locating a business in Natchez-Adams County, including its strategic location in the south-central U.S. as well as favorable operating costs and low taxes. For both new and existing companies, the area has a quality workforce, state-sponsored training and a one-stop environmental permitting program if a company wants to construct a building.
Career training and advancement is available to Natchez area residents at places like Copiah-Lincoln Community College, which has an onsite Workforce Development Center that will custom train employees for new, existing and expanding companies and industries. Also within the community is the Natchez WIN Job Center with services such as job placement assistance, job and skill training, career counseling and priority services for veterans.
Several area companies are involved with the oil and gas industry – Callon Petroleum Co., Energy Drilling and WT Drilling – and in late 2013 news arrived of mounting renewed interest for initiating future drilling in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. The Tuscaloosa oil-and-gas site stretches across central Louisiana and well into Mississippi, and energy officials believe that today’s advanced technologies can lead to eventual extraction of oil and natural gas from the Marine Shale’s incredible 10,000-foot depths.
A variety of large employers within the manufacturing sector are experiencing economic success in Natchez-Adams County. They include von Drehle Corp. (paper products), Enersteel (specialty fabrication), Blain Companies (heavy highway construction), Elevance Renewable Sciences (eco-friendly chemical products), J.M. Jones Lumber (wood milling) and Rives & Reynolds Lumber.
Other Large Employers
Magnolia Bluffs Casino and Isle of Capri Casino represent the gaming industry's strong presence in the county, while health care is well represented by Natchez Community Hospital and Natchez Regional Medical Center. For retail, Wal-Mart Supercenter as well as Supermarket Operations each employ about 250 people.
Natchez-Adams School District employs more than 600 teachers, administrators and staffers, while Jordan Carriers freight hauling company employs 250 people. In addition, Southwest Mississippi Planning & Development District employs many professional grant writers to secure funding for various facets of local government that include public facilities, economic development, housing, recreation and waste disposal.