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Staff and Board

Staff Members

Matthew Harrison
Executive Director
In November of 2017, Matthew Harrison was named Executive Director of the Grenada County Economic Development District. Mr. Harrison has a highly diversified 18-year career portfolio encompassing economic development, business technology, automotive, and manufacturing. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Harrison served as a business relationship executive in various organizations focusing on existing business expansions, workforce development, and new economic development for communities in North America and internationally. He has consulted with global, regional and local businesses on the best practices to fostering productive relationships with the community and its leaders. Mr. Harrison’s focal point in business relationship management helps bridge the gap between Grenada County and the manufacturing sector. Mr. Harrison received a Master of Science in Economic Development from the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management, numerous credentials in Project Management and Business Management, and is a credential economic and community development leader. Mr. Harrison is a third-year professional at the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute continuing to advance his leadership skills in community development while pursuing his CEcD credentials. Mr. Harrison is a proud alumnus of TVA’s Rural Leadership Institute and Delta Leadership Institute, whose primary focus is advancing community development and growth across the Delta region of North Mississippi.
Janie Mortimer
Project Manager
In January 2013, Janie Mortimer was brought on board as the Project Manager for the Grenada County Economic Development District, bringing more than 25 years of experience in comprehensive economic development to the organization. Janie is a graduate of Mississippi State University, the Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Georgia, and the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas. She also has attended the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Janie has experience as a newspaper journalist and editor, served as public relations specialist for the Jackson Public Schools, was executive director of the Greenville (MS) Area Chamber of Commerce, served as international economic development specialist for the Industrial Foundation of Washington County (MS), and most recently completed 17 years as executive director of the Tate County (MS) Economic Development Foundation.

Board Members

Frank Bradford
Board Member
Ida Givens
Board Member
Keith Mitchell
Chairman
Josh Mattox
Board Member
Wayne Smith
Board Member
Jay Gore
Counsel to County and EDD