Business & University Relations

Our state's public universities have a wealth of resources that are critical to growing Mississippi's economy. We have a network of relationships within the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) that lets us quickly access these resources. The assets of our public universities help employers grow, as well as attract new companies to Mississippi. The IHL Office of Business and University Relations connects these resources with the employers and economic developers who can make things happen.

Jackson State University

Mississippi State University

University of Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

Mississippi Business Engagement Network
Business Engagement Network

Tonya Neely
Business & Economic Development Coordinator
Telephone: 601.432.6237

Paul W. Sumrall
Associate Commissioner for External Relations
Telephone: 601.432.7057