We are looking for a Chamber of Commerce Director!

We are growing at the Jones County EDA! We have enjoyed working with our wonderful Chamber of Commerce Director, Amanda Roll. She has done a great job and is now shifting her focus towards our tourism department. We have begun searching for someone to join our staff as the new Chamber of Commerce Director. If you are interested in this open position, please read more about the role below. We will continue  accepting applications through December 29th.


Primary Responsibilities:

The Chamber of Commerce has direct responsibility for the Jones County Chamber of Commerce. Duties include but are not limited to working with the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors to develop membership sales/retention and events creation designed to bring value to and increase membership growth, retention, and revenues for the Chamber of Commerce. This position reports to the Economic Development Authority’s President and has to have the ability to work and lead multiple volunteer committees towards setting and achieving yearly events and goals. Any other appropriate and reasonable duties directly or indirectly associated with the functions of the Economic Development Authority, Community Development Foundation, and Chamber of Commerce as deemed or required by the President.


  • – Work with the Chamber of Commerce Board to maintain annual sales plan to meet Chamber membership goals
  • – Work with Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors to develop a membership retention plan that articulates the Chamber’s value proposition and demonstrates member benefits
  • – Implement annual sales and membership retention plans, including sales action strategies and yearly sales goals. Continuously evaluate and improve sales and retention plans and strategies to increase revenues
  • – Manage, develop, coach, supervise, motivate, set sales goals, and evaluate Chamber’s Volunteer Committees to ensure yearly events and member targets
  • – Meet with members and potential members to discuss evolving needs, encourage retention, and assess the quality of the EDA and Chamber’s relationship with them
  • – Advises CEO on member feedback to assist Chamber and EDA in aligning member experience with needs and expectations
  • – Determine need and manage creation, organization, and implementation of Chamber events
  • – Evaluate events based on membership satisfaction
  • – Work closely with members on the EDA and Chamber of Commerce Boards on event promotions and drive attendance
  • – Represent the Chamber and EDA at various community and other statewide and area events
  • – Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional organizations
  • – Provide monthly reports on membership, and event feedback to both EDA and Chamber Boards

Preferred qualifications include:

  • – Must be highly motivated, goal-oriented, and well organized
  • – Current resident or relocate to Jones County within six months of taking the position
  • – Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in a related field
  • – Experience as a sales representative or sales manager, consistently meeting or exceeding targets
  • – Ability to communicate, present and influence credibly and effectively at all organizational levels
  • – Have skillset necessary to supervise and motivate others effectively
  • – Work both collaboratively and independently, determine priorities, make appropriate decisions, and meet deadlines
  • – Anticipate and effectively handle numerous details with concurrent and overlapping deadlines for completion
  • – Proven experience in customer relationship management and familiarity with CRM software.
  • – Work effectively under above-average pressure
  • – Regular and occasional irregular Working Hours required
  • – Other duties as assigned by President

Links for Information: www.jonescounty.com & www.visitjones.com

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements electronically to Ross Tucker, President, Economic Development Authority of Jones County, at job@edajones.com

For consideration, resumes must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. central time on December 29, 2021.

Attention Job Seekers!!! EDA hosts Job Fair

The Jones County Economic Development Authority is excited to partner with the Governor’s Job Fair Network, Mississippi Department of Employment Security, and the WIN Job Center to host the I-59 Job Fair!

The EDA hopes to provide Jones County residents with the tools they need to successfully reenter the workforce.  There is no admission fee for applicants to attend the I-59 Job Fair. Masks are required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. Pre-registration is highly encouraged and can be done online at www.jobfairs.ms.gov. Applicants should bring registration confirmation and provide it at the check-in station on the day of the job fair. There will be onsite registration available for those who do not pre-register online. Applicants should be prepared for on-site interviews and bring plenty of resumes as copiers will not be available. Contact the WIN Job Center for resume help. Dress for success and take advantage of this great opportunity!

Currently registered are At Home Care, Biloxi Police Department, DJ Transit, Domino’s (RPM Pizza), Dunn Roadbuilders, Ellisville State School, Forrest General Hospital, Gipson Steel, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Hol-Mac Corporation, Howard Industries, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Jones College Workforce College, Kohler Engines, Laurel Housing Authority, Management & Training Corporation , Mar Jac Poultry, Masonite, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi State Personnel Board, Mississippi Veterans Home – Collins, Parish Transport, Pearl River Resort-Bok Homa Casino, PG Technologies, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, PrideStaff, Rail Crew Xpress, Sanderson Farms, South Central Regional Medical Center, Group, ThermoKool, VT Halter Marine, and Wayne Farms. This event is sponsored by Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Governor’s Job Fair Network, WIN Job Center, and Jones County Economic Development Authority. 

Women In Business “Ask the Expert” Panel Announced!


We are excited to announce this panel of experts for the 2021 Women In Business forum! Questions may be submitted in advance by emailing amandar@edajones.com. Topics up for discussion include entrepreneurship, marketing, social media strategies, business development, financing, budgeting and growth, time management, goal setting and more. This panel is comprised of very knowledgeable women and we are excited to learn from them!

Join us for a Membership Orientation!

      We are so excited to have received several new members in the past few months! We have also been reintroducing some of our programs that were temporarily paused during the pandemic last year. With so many new faces in the mix, we decided this was a great time to host a membership orientation. While one purpose of this orientation is to educate new members, it is always open to any member who may be interested in a membership refresher! If your company has a new employee, this may be an excellent way to introduce them to the community and educate them on how to maximize your membership.  We strongly encourage anyone to sign up!

This membership orientation will be hosted as a breakfast meeting on July 27 at 8:30AM. This meeting is completely FREE to attend. We will provide you with a free breakfast as we go over the many benefits and membership programs we have to offer you.

Don’t be shy! This is a great time to ask questions for both new and existing members. If there is a program you are interested in learning more about, let us know! We can prepare more material covering that topic or program and have it available for you at the orientation. Even though this is a free event, please register so we can have a general headcount. You may register by calling the office at 601-649-3031 or online HERE.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions! We are looking forward to a great membership orientation!

Digital Marketing Lunch and Learn Recap and Videos

Chamber of Commerce Hosts Digital Marketing Lunch & Learn

May 24, 2018 – “Prioritizing Your Digital Presence” presented by Tyler Raborn, Raborn Media

Nearly 100 Chamber members attended the second quarter Lunch & Learn on May 24 that was held at Life Church. Tyler Raborn, CEO of Raborn Media presented tools and tips for digital marketing for the Chamber’s business members.

Not every community is lucky enough to receive national recognition from a popular television show. This coupled with growth in industry and professional services, businesses across our community have more eyes on them than ever before thanks to this growing interest in Jones County merchants, jobs and services. Tyler provided the audience with practical approaches to improving their brand’s online presence through search engines, social media, content creation and more.

Follow the Chamber’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) and event calendar for announcements of future Lunch & Learns!

The Chamber would also like to thank Life Church for being our host location and for their video production services.

More About the Speaker – Tyler Raborn:
Tyler Raborn is the founder and CEO of Raborn Media, L.L.C, a full-service marketing firm. During his time at Raborn Media, Tyler has married creativity with cost efficiency to produce a ROI-centered culture. Through branding, budgeting, consulting, graphic design, website development, video production, digital advertising, traditional advertising, social media, and more, Raborn has helped a variety of businesses and nonprofits not only achieve, but surpass, their goals.

What are Lunch & Learns?:
A NEW series of Chamber hosted,  quarterly seminars that will feature expert speakers presenting timely topics on which all business can relate. Whether it be HR issues or the next trend in social media, Lunch & Learns will provide a local resource for education to activate growth for Jones County businesses. FREE for members to attend*, there will be ample networking time to meet with a cross-section of Chamber members and Jones County professionals.

Missed the Lunch & Learn?

View the clips by topic below from Tyler’s presentation.


New Brick & Mortar and Claiming Your Brand


Call to Action


ROI for Your Time


Organic vs. Paid Reach


Promoting Your Brand With Video


Targeting & Display Ads


Wrap Up – The Growth of Video & Free Resources


Q&A – Part 1


Q&A – Part 2