Keynote Speaker Announced for the 30th Anniversary Jackson County Industrial Trade Show

The 30th Anniversary Jackson County Industrial Trade Show will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the B.E. “Mac” McGinty Civic Center (2902 Shortcut Road) in Pascagoula on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Free entry is available to anyone with a business card, work uniform, company badge or Admit One Card (available from the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce). The one day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ribbon Cutting will be held at 9:00 a.m. that morning in the Fair Hall next to the Civic Center. This year’s Keynote Speaker at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony is Glenn McCullough, Jr., Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Executive Director.

Governor Phil Bryant appointed Glenn McCullough, Jr. to lead the Mississippi Development Authority on June 8, 2015. McCullough is a former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, first nominated to the board by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1999. President George W. Bush appointed McCullough chairman of the TVA board of Directors in 2001, a position he held until November 2005. McCullough is also a former director of the Appalachian Regional Commission and former mayor of Tupelo, Miss.

During his tenure with TVA, the utility earned national recognition for its economic development efforts and launched its megasite program. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Mississippi’s second original equipment manufacturer in the automobile industry, is located on a TVA megasite.

From 1993 to 1997, McCullough served as executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission. The ARC is a federal-state partnership that focuses on economic development in 13 states.

McCullough was elected mayor of Tupelo, Miss., in 1997 and served until his appointment to TVA. During McCullough’s service as mayor, the National Civic League named Tupelo an All-America City. Under McCullough’s leadership, the city launched the 50-acre Fairpark District, which includes major revitalizations, community amenities and business locations.

As MDA Executive Director, he oversees approximately 250 MDA employees who provide support for communities, businesses, industries and leaders to help them reach their goals in Mississippi.

McCullough holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University. He and his wife Laura have two sons and four grandchildren.

The Chairwoman of this year’s Jackson County Industrial Trade Show is Melanie Landsiedel of Chevron. This event is open to the business community working in the industrial field.

Businesses are encouraged to put aside time on this day and allow their employees working in procurement, management, engineering and other industrial fields to attend the event. Participants are also encouraged to invite their business network to attend this show—regionally, nationwide and worldwide. This show is open to the business community. The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show allows businesses of all sizes and many classifications to promote their products and services to other local businesses in one location. The trade show provides the environment of face to face interaction where attendees learn about new and existing products and opportunities.

The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show is one of many examples of economic and community support in the area throughout the year. Additionally, the Jackson County Industrial Suppliers Association (ISA) meets every other month at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The ISA is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Small Business Issue Manager Group. Programs are designed to provide ideas and information that give businessmen additional resource knowledge and new business opportunities.

Contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce for information on attending or being featured at an ISA meeting, participating in the Jackson County Industrial Trade Show and general Chamber membership information. Call 228-762-3391 or email Linda Johnson at JohnsonL@jcchamber.com. The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is located at 720 Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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