Three longtime economic development practitioners received Honorary Life Membership in the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) at the organization’s recent winter conference.
Bill Hankins of Jackson, Mississippi served as the first director of the Deposit Guaranty National Bank Industrial Development Division. He currently works at Cook Commercials Properties as one of the largest commercial and industrial real estate brokers.
Max Hipp of Oxford, Mississippi retired recently after serving 24 years as President and CEO of the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber and EDF. He began his career with the (now) Mississippi Development Authority in 1981. He held several leadership positions in MEDC.
Steve Kelly, Jackson, Mississippi retired in January as Community Development Manager at Entergy, where he developed and implemented the TeamCity and program and the Economic Training Program. He is also a Past-President of MEDC.