The Mississippi Business Journal announced last week that the Delta Council Development Department has hired Jerry Chavez as their new director.

Chavez has been the President and CEO of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation since 2014.  Chavez has over twenty years working in economic development in North Dakota, Montana, and in his home state of Arizona.

Wade Litton Chairman of the Delta Council Development Department said, “We feel very confident in his ability to lead the Development Department and Delta Strong, especially as it relates to recruiting and retaining industry, as well as improving workforce opportunities.  He has an extensive background working in rural communities, and he has demonstrated effective strategies for producing results in all of them.”

The Mississippi Business Journal goes on the say that Chavez successfully developed and implemented the first strategic plan supporting business attraction, retention and expansion, workforce development and creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Chavez will begin his new job on November 1st.