Success Stories

The mission of the Mississippi Technology Alliance is to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the State of Mississippi.  We achieve our mission through assisting companies, manufacturers and communities, sharing Mississippi's good news and enhancing education for students and workers.

MTA works closely with partners from the public and private sectors to achieve our goals.  Here are just a few stories of the successes MTA and our partners have achieved.

Mississippi Angel Network

Formed in 2005 by the Mississippi Technology Alliance, the Mississippi Angel Network has more than 50 members.  The purpose of the Angel Network is to connect early-stage companies with investors and investment capital.  More than 20 companies have given formal presentations to the network to date. 

Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi

Recent client surveys show that the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms) achieved a maximum score of 100 on results when compared to the other 58 NIST-MEP Centers in the United States.  MEP.ms clients were surveyed by an independend survey company and the clients reported tha the direct impacts of MEP.ms projects to their businesses totaled $20,051,636 in cost savings and new and retained sales (15 percent of the total sales impact is included to approximate the gross margin of the manufacturer).

Of particular note, the average client investment leverage ratio, which is the sum of new investment reported by clients (defined as investment in plant and equipment, information systems and software, workforce skills and practices and other areas) divided by the federal investment in MEP.ms was ranked first in the nation among 59 MEP Centers throughout the United States.  This is the fourth quarter out of five that MEP.ms has ranked at the top in the nation in one of the two most important measurement criteria.

7th Annual Conference on High Technology

The Mississippi Technology Alliance partnered with the Mississippi Research Consortium to present the 7th Annual Conference on High Technology with keynote speaker Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start.  The conference attracted more than 500 attendeeds from throughout Mississippi and surrounding states. 

"People now understand that the real potential for growth and economic prosperity in today's global society centers around intellectual property and the ability to implement new and innovative technology solutions.  MTA is providing the focus and resources we need here in Mississippi to realize our opportunities.  The annual conference is a great way to bring everybody together to network and see what is happening right here in Mississippi."

John Turner
Entergy Mississippi

Mississippi Technology Alliance Innovation Center

The Mississippi Technology Alliance Innovation Center is a business incubator for small technology companies located in the Mississippi e-Center at JSU.  The Innovation Center provides office space and business support and assistance to 14 technology companies with more than 100 employees.

"Our experience at the MTAIC has helped us recover from our Katrina displacement and enabled our business in many ways -- a thousand thank yous to the entire MTA organization."

Robert Adams
Global Security Systems

"Tenants are supportive of each other and enthusiastically work together to ensure the success of all.  I could not imagine a better environment for a young, growing company.

Geilia Taylor-Henry
Brilliant Minds

Mississippi Innovation Index

MTA publishes the annual Innovation Index, a tool to measure the progress of innovation and technology in Mississippi.  The Innovation Index measures wealth creation, statewide and university research capacity, business research and development, technology business development, industrial productivity, technology workforce development and investment capital. 

Pointe Innovation Magazine

Celebrating five years in print, Pointe Innovation continues to share Mississippi's good news by covering Mississippi's unique place in the innovation and technology economy.  Here is what some Pointe Innovation advertisers have to say about their experience with the magazine.

"I consider Pointe Innovation magazine to be one of the most professional business publications in our state. It has timely, well-written features and the graphic presentation is superb."

"Our organization advertises in this publication because it is widely read by our target clients and members who understand the value of technology in the delivery of services. We also think the magazine presents an excellent image in the business community."

Barbara Travis
Executive Director
Mississippi World Trade Center

"In order for advertising to be effective it has to reach the decision makers. Pointe Innovation has proven to be an excellent vehicle to do just that. The feature stories are timely and present the latest technological developments and relevant industry topics. Our presence is enhanced by our visibility in this quality publication. Pointe Innovation has proven itself to be a beneficial targeted advertising option for MDA."

Gray Swoope
Deputy Director, COO
Mississippi Development Authority

"Advertising in Pointe Innovation gives our company the opportunity to reach our target market. Pointe Innovation is one of Mississippi's best kept secrets. It's professional, informative and showcases Mississippi's best. It's time to tell the world what we already know ... Mississippi is a great place to live and work!"

Brenda Thornton
Executive Vice President and CIO
The AmFed Companies

Community Assistance

In 2002, the Natchez-Adams County Development Authority looked at opportunities to retrain displaced manufacturing workers for technology-intensive businesses, such as call centers.

The Mississippi Technology Alliance contacted NACDA about forming a technology council to facilitate community conversations about the needs and opportunities for technology businesses in the area.  MTA provided an initial $3,000 grant to help with start-up costs.  The Natchez-Adams County Technology Council was formed with the mission to establish a pre-employment training program to aid in locating a call center in the community.  Pre-employment training can provide a company the screening necessary to find employees who are work-oriented, knowledgeable, and skilled. It also allows employees the opportunity to appraise the company and train for immediate placement in a new job. 

The "Train to Gain" program was established and designed as a joint project of ALCOA, Alcorn State University, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Entergy, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Technology Alliance, the Natchez-Adams County Development Authority, the Natchez Convention Center, the Natchez Democrat and the local WIN Job Center.

The training classes began in 2004 with the initial to train 60 students in one year.  To date, more than 950 students registered to receive training with over 500 students earning their certificates.  More than 130 students have found jobs since enrolling in the program.  Student evaluations have consistently given the program high marks for effectiveness and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to learn new skills.

The Train to Gain Program

Instructional services are provided by Co-Lin.   Classes are offered twice a day three times a week and two nights a week at Co-Lin’s computer lab or the IHL Mobile Lab located in downtown Natchez.  The Technology Committee designed the training program, and Co-Lin provided the teachers, materials and equipment, at no cost to NACDA or the students that are trained.

Students attending the program are provided a certificate of completion at the end of the program.  No promise or guarantee of a job is given.

The program is comprised of four steps, each lasting six weeks.   

Expected Results of the Train to Gain Program:

Initially, our goal was to train 60 students in one year.  To date, we have over 950 students registered in our database.  Students aged 18 to 73 commute from as far as Jonesville, Louisiana and Port Gibson, Mississippi to attend classes.

The training has been recommended for beginners as well as experienced computer operators.  Student evaluations have consistently rated the program “great experience” and “very helpful”.  Some students have even commented that they wished that the training lasted “a little longer”.  To enroll in the program, students complete an application at the WIN Job Center.  The student information is entered into a database at the NACDA office.  Students are called on a rotation, according to when they applied for the training. 

"This has truly been a community project, with results exceeding our highest expectations.  Had it not been for the Mississippi Technology Alliance’s Request for Proposal for grant funds, the project would not have been initiated."

Winnie Kaiser
Natchez-Adams County Development Authority
Community Development Director