Mississippi Power recognized as a top utility for economic development

GULFPORT, Miss., Sept. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mississippi Power has been recognized by a pair of publications, Site Selection and Southern Business and Development Magazine, as a top utility for economic development.

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Site Selection magazine named Mississippi Power in the honorable mention category in its annual Top Utilities in North America for Economic Development list. Site Selection chooses its winners based on a number of factors including new corporate activity, website and innovative programs offered to business prospects.

Mississippi Power also is recognized by Southern Business and Development magazine as one of "Mississippi's Most Admired Service Companies." The recognition is included in the magazine's inaugural Best of Economic Development in Mississippi awards list to be published in its next quarterly edition. This list consists of 30 economic development categories such as most admired manufacturers, best economic development law firms and best local economic development agencies.

"We are honored to be recognized by these two publications for our efforts to create jobs in the communities we proudly serve," Economic Development Director Brian Useforge said. "Mississippi is a wonderful destination for national and international businesses, and we work every day with local and state partners to make sure interested companies know that."

Mississippi Power restructured its Economic Development department in 2014 by creating an Economic Development Services group focused on implementing new programs for both industrial and commercial businesses. The Project Management and Recruiting team was also expanded to include a focus on further developing opportunities in the commercial arena. In addition to distribution and data centers, Mississippi Power enhanced its recruiting efforts related to aerospace, chemicals, energy and automobiles.

For more information on Mississippi Power's Economic Development Department, visit their website at economicdevelopment.mississippipower.com.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for more than 186,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power has been recognized throughout the utility industry for excellence in storm restoration and recovery efforts and as a leader in safety. Visit our websites at mississippipower.com and mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.

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