Experienced Economic Development professional with excellent client and project management skills. Action-oriented with strong ability to communicate effectively with executive, and business audiences.
•Leading MPC's response to BRAC and military downsizing.
•Coordinator of internal working groups at MPC to develop and manage MPC's support to local communities – 7 military bases are in MPC's service territory
•Assisting Communities with organization development, fund raising, strategy development – including mission growth and defense of current missions - and other activities to support and prepare them for a future BRAC round.
•Leading the Harrison County Military Team and the South Mississippi Military Team.
•Serve as Secretary for the Mississippi Military Communities Council – appointed by the Governor of Mississippi to advise him on military/Department of Defense/BRAC initiatives.
•Bid, negotiate and develop contracts for these groups: Generation, Distribution, Transmission, Substations, Information Technology, Facilities, Corporate Communications, External Affairs, Environmental, Marketing and Business and Industry Services.
•Coach and counsel end users on contract process.
•Contract Manual Training – led classes.
•New Operation Center - $40 million dollar facility.
Yates Construction - Design and Build contract negotiated to $22,542,000 saving the company $3,458,000.
Technical Innovation – audio-visual equipment and installation contract for $1.8 million.
•In support of the construction of Plant David M. Ratcliffe, MPC's Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Power Plant Project in Kemper County, MS – $2.4 billion investment
•Led bid/contracting process for MPC contracted services for the project.
•Construction of Transmission Lines and Substations to support the new facility
•Assisted Southern Company Services' Engineering and Construction Services bid process for major construction services.
•Led in the identification of Mississippi and Diverse contractors – minority, female owned, etc.
•Subject Matter Expert on MPC's local implementation team for Southern Company's Enterprise Solutions initiative (new general ledger, supply chain and accounts payable system).
•Review and update of Contractor Qualification documents for approximately 600 active contracts, including updating insurance certificates to match the insurance requirements in the contract.
•Improved processes in department including: Safety Questionnaire approvals for Experiential Modification Rates > 1.0; I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification; Contract/Bid preparation checklist; Departmental Guidelines and Process documentation; Diverse Supplier documentation.
•Work with End Users to meet Diversity spending goals and appropriately document the result.
•Insure contracts and bids meet the company's compliance requirements including appropriate insurance, qualifying as a contractor, minority status, tax information, Safety and verification, and I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. Passed all audits.
•Lead the Contract Administration Team while the Contracts Manager is participating in the Enterprise Solutions design and implementation teams.
•Prepared Cost of Service Studies (COSS) used to determine revenue requirements to be generated by rates in a regulated environment.
•Developed, maintained and analyzed databases on substations and major customers.
•Developed methodology and performed Minimum Distribution Studies which result in allocators for the distribution system components used in the COSS.
•Led the Customer Sampling process to produce representative loads for classes of customers.
•Gathered, reviewed, analyzed and prepared the data for use in the COSS.
•Consultant to Mississippi military communities (12 military facilities) for the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission round at the request of the Governor of Mississippi, the Mississippi Military Communities Council and the Mississippi Development Authority.
•Successfully retained two of the Mississippi facilities recommended for Closure:
•Naval Human Resources Support Center Southeast (HRSC) at Stennis Space Center, Hancock County, MS, retaining 150 jobs.
•Hospital at Keesler Air Force Base (Keesler) in Biloxi, MS, retaining 400 jobs.
•Consultant and resource to local development agencies and communities within a six county region.
•Locations, expansions and retention of industry:
•Unipres – Forest, MS - 100 jobs & $10 million investment - 2001
•Choctaw Maid – Forest, MS - 300 jobs initially, 600 potential - 2001
•Duke Energy – Enterprise, MS - Energy Merchant Plant - 7 jobs & $230 million investment - 2001
•64 expansions and additional locations totaling 980 jobs.
•Lead member of the Navy*Meridian*Team's successful defense of Naval Air Station Meridian from Closure or Realignment during the 1991, 1993, and 1995 rounds of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Each time, approximately 3200 jobs were saved. Served as Coordinator from 1995 to 2002.
•Marketing: initiated and developed recruiting programs, data books, proposals, tours for visiting prospects, marketing materials.
•Developed a Proposal System for the Mid-Mississippi Development District to produce customized paper and electronic proposals for prospects.
•Coordinated the East Central Mississippi Development Council's “Mercedes and Mississippi” marketing campaign in Detroit, MI, which included a marketing piece, industry appointments, a luncheon for 75 people - including the Governor of Mississippi.
•Coordinated campaigns to market facilities resulting in the sale of a 270,000 sq. ft. facility.
•Led teams of developers at the National Plastics Exposition and Plastics USA Trade Shows.
•Community Development: led communities to identify and address issues that impact the growth and improvement of the community.
•Led Management Team for Leadership Lauderdale which developed an implemented an innovative two year community leadership program for business and community leaders in Lauderdale County, MS.
•Organized 25 county Economic Development Agencies, the State of Mississippi Work Force Development Council, and the Mississippi Development Authority into a coalition to fund and produce a Labor study for Southeast Mississippi.
•Developed a 60,000 square foot speculative building proposal and marketing program for a funding competition.
•Organized and led initial organization meetings of counties along the I-20 corridor between Tuscaloosa, AL, and Jackson, MS to discuss common economic development issues.
•Project manager for development of a downtown development plan for Quitman, MS.
•Existing Industry Programs:
•Made contacts with existing industry with community leaders to determine and resolve issues.
•Assisted in local industry's expansion and retention.
•State Games Of Mississippi - Founder and Chair of the Board – an Olympic style sports festival hosting over 4000 athletes across two weekends.
•Retiree Attraction - developed the strategic plan for attracting retirees to the Meridian/Lauderdale County area.
•Livable Community Conference – Founder and Treasurer of this international conference whose purpose was to promote the concepts of making communities livable.
•Advised local development agencies on organizational issues:
•Assisted Consultant in the formation of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation and selection of a CEO.
•Interim President of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
•Coordinated Selection Team for CEO of the Meridian/Lauderdale County Partnership.
•Interim Vice-President of Industrial Development for the Meridian/Lauderdale County Partnership.
•Developed and implemented marketing programs to convince industry to locate in Mississippi.
•Developed marketing materials
•Planned and implemented recruiting trips - which resulted in over 400 personal contacts
•Developed proposals which showed the prospect that his needs would be met in Mississippi
•Coordinated 51 prospect tours of a 23 county area
•Worked with local development agencies to close the deal to locate the prospect
•Led the development of a computer based project management system for tracking prospects
•Led a review of recruiting procedures and developed timeline of activities which reduced the preparation and follow-up time of recruiting trips.
•Calgon Carbon - Hancock County, MS - 100 jobs & $65 million investment 1990
•6 additional locations resulting in 390 jobs and approximately $10 million in investment
•4 expansions resulting in 270 jobs and $1.9 million in investment
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING:
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
•Mississippi Military Communities Council – Member, Secretary, Executive Committee
•International Economic Development Council - Member.
•Mississippi Economic Development Council – Member.
•Church: Chairman of Deacons, Small Group Leader, Soloist, Praise Team, Choir member, Finance Committee, Stewardship Committee, Budget Committee.
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