President's Letter


  • A Letter of Welcome from the Chamber President

    As the largest metropolitan community in Mississippi, Metro Jackson offers an unbeatable combination of economic, educational, and cultural opportunities-along with southern hospitality-to those who visit, as well as to the individuals and families who call our area home.

    Let me be the first to welcome you to Metro Jackson.

    Known as the Crossroads of the South, Metro Jackson is where people and businesses converge. We are in the geographic center of Mississippi and the South, the center for Mississippi’s state government, and the center for performing arts in the state, as well as a leading center for health care, medical research, and telecommunications. Another major event for the metro area was the May 2003 opening of Nissan Motor Company’s new assembly plant. This $930 million investment will produce approximately 250,000 vehicles a year.

    The businesses and residents of Metro Jackson are proud of our community, and they have good reasons:

    • We are home to six four-year colleges and universities, two community colleges, and an extensive system of public and private elementary and secondary schools.  The prestigious Mississippi College School of Law is located within our capital city and has donated extreme amounts of time and energy to providing the best for all students and the metro area.  We are also home to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a nationally renowned medical school and medical research facility, as well as one of the state’s leading health care facilities.
    • We are home to the Sanderson Farms Championship, a national PGA golf event.
    • We are home to the United States International Ballet Competition.
    • In recent years, our community has showcased such international art exhibitions as The Palaces of St. Petersburg, The Splendors of Versailles, and The Majesty of Spain. Also in 2004, Jackson hosted The Glory of Baroque Dresden exhibit.

    With employment levels and economic development booming, and cultural/arts exhibitions at unprecedented levels, our community is being recognized across the country as a strong community for business and quality of life.

    As you can see, we are proud of our community and the quality of life it offers. We hope you will join us in that opinion-whether as a visitor or as a potential new resident. Contact our offices to learn more about our area and how to become more involved.