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. 

Job Fair at Sawmill Square Mall September 16!

The Jones County Economic Development Authority will host the I-59 Job Fair in association with The Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi from 9:00AM until 1:00PM on September 16th in Sawmill Square Mall in the old JCPenney space.

Employers wishing to hire may participate by registering online before September 3rd. The fee is $125 and includes 1 skirted table, 2 chairs, and 2 lunches.  The I-59 Job Fair is free to attend for all job seekers. Pre-registration for job seekers and registration for employers is available online  by completing the  Job Fair Registration Form or at https://www.jobfairs.ms.gov/2021-i-59-area-job-fair.

Interstate-14 Corridor Passed Through U.S. Senate

On Tuesday, August 3, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved an amendment adding congressional authorization of the full Interstate-14 five state corridor expansion to the pending Bipartisan Infrastructure Package. The completed I-14 would run from Midland-Odessa, Texas through Laurel and end at Augusta, Georgia.

“Interstate-14 being included in this package will benefit Jones County for generations to come. Proximity to Interstates is one of the top factors large industries look for when choosing areas to expand into. This major infrastructure advancement will allow us to compete at a higher level.” said Ross Tucker, President of the Jones County Economic Development Authority.

We have seen lobbying efforts from counties, cities, and economic development professional across the route in efforts to have this amendment passed. It is wonderful to see the hard work pay off.  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Package still must move through the House of Representatives and the Oval Office before becoming a law.