Rounsaville resigns from MDA post

 Mississipppi Development Authority (MDA) Director John Rounsaville is stepping down effective Aug. 31. A search for his replacement will begin immediately.

Rounsaville was named interim director in May 2020, and took the job on a full-time basis in January of this year.

“Under John’s leadership, MDA administered $160 million in COVID-19 recovery funds to assist businesses, renters, healthcare providers, schools, and childcare centers. Under John’s direction, MDA increased the average annual capital investment into Mississippi in 2020 to $1.8 billion – doubling the prior ten-year annual average. The new Mighty Mississippi Program has increased recruitment efforts for economic development projects by more than 40 percent and the future of our economy will benefit. I wish John the best in his future endeavors,” said Gov. Tate Reeves. 

John Ronssaville and family with Gov. Tate Reeves when Reeves announced Rounsaville as MDA Executive Director. (Courtesy photo)

Details regarding the search process will be announced in the coming weeks.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve Mississippi under the leadership of Governor Reeves.  I am confident MDA is on a strong trajectory and will continue realizing tremendous success in its economic development efforts. With a young family and a new baby born last year, my wife and I believe it is time to pursue a new opportunity that will enable me to focus more on my family and spend less time traveling.  I am proud of the MDA team, and I look forward to the exciting achievements that lie ahead for Mississippi,” said Rounsaville.

DeSoto County News Service

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