Sunflower County will be getting some financial help with its economic development efforts.
Entergy announced this week that it has awarded the Sunflower County Economic Development District a $3,750 Excellerator Grant in order to engage an economic and community development consultant “in facilitating a multi-year strategic plan for the county to use as a roadmap to future sustainability.”
According to a release from Entergy, Sunflower County is one of 14 in the state that will split a total of $75,000 in grants.
The Excellerator Competitive Communities program is currently in its third year in providing the 50/50 matching grants, which include monies for marketing, site readiness and organizational excellence.
Sunflower County received its grant under organizational excellence.
“The health and structure of a community’s economic development organization is critical to its success,” said Ed Gardner, Entergy Mississippi director of economic development “Their leaders guide and facilitate economic and community development efforts, so we support nurturing successful economic development organizations.”
Along with assessments and grants, the Excellerator program offers training and workshops to all counties in Entergy’s service area, the release said. The Entergy Mississippi economic development team works with communities throughout the year to help prepare them for growth.
“This is about more than enhancing economic development. We’re investing in our communities so that customers can have opportunities without having to leave the state,” said Gardner. “Through this program, we’re helping people stay and thrive in Mississippi.”