About Us

Who We Are

We are the office of economic development, tourism, main street, human capital development, and Chamber of Commerce for all of Panola County.

Panola County is a great place to live and work. There is a strong sense of community in our towns, with friendly neighbors, lots of things to do, and community events. With our proximity to Memphis, a night out in the big city or a flight to your business meeting is only a short drive away. Panola County’s economy flourishes through a strong industrial base and an ever-growing retail group.


If you are looking for a place with a tight-knit community, a convenient location for travel and events, and that touch of Southern charm, contact us for more information.

Panola Puts our

Community First

IN SYNC COMMUNITY

Panola County, its municipalities, and stakeholders work together to make things happen.

GREAT CLIMATE​

With mild winters and warm summers, Panola County is a great place for outdoor activities.​

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS​

Don’t be surprised if a stranger says, “Good morning” to you as you walk by. Panola County is full of people with Southern charm, where being friendly is just a way of life.​

Education

With two public school districts, one private school, Northwest Community College, and multiple nearby universities, there are plenty of options for general and higher education.

Support your local chamber of commerce.

what we do

our mission

The Panola Partnership, Inc. is organized to encourage, foster and stimulate the growth of commerce; to advertise and bring into favorable notice the opportunities, possibilities and resources of Panola County, Mississippi and its municipalities; to promote, advance and stimulate, civic, business, commercial, industrial, educational and agricultural interests and general welfare in Panola County, Mississippi and its municipalities.

The Panola Partnership, Inc. Is...

The Panola Partnership is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and improve quality of life in our county.

The Partnership keeps these broad objectives in mind:

How Can You Help?

The Partnership is only as strong as its membership.  Our members are our most vital resource.  A large pool of members provides the business community with ideas, energy and finance.  Even if you cannot donate your time, your financial support insures that projects may still be accomplished.

Partnership members benefit by working together.  Members have a direct impact on each other.  When one member prospers, the entire membership stands to prosper.  As new businesses come in, they provide new customers for existing businesses.  As existing businesses grow and expand, they hire more employees and make more profits.  Those employees’ salaries and business profits are spent locally and directly benefit you.

OUr Staff

JOE AZAR​

DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

ROBBIE HALEY​

Director of Workforce Development & Office Manager

MAMIE AVERY​

BATESVILLE MAIN STREET DIRECTOR | DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT​

our board

board of directors

Doug
Bollinger

 
 
Industry Representative

Dr. Tom
Hodge

 
Healthcare Representative

La’Keldra
Pride

HR, Workforce, & Human Capital Representative

Michael
Dunlap

Commercial Business & Agriculture Representative

Justin
Hill

 
 
Finance Representative

Doug
Bollinger

 
 
Industry Representative

Dr. Tom
Hodge

 
 
Healthcare Representative

La’Keldra
Pride

 
HR, Workforce, & Human Capital Representative

Michael
Dunlap

Commercial Business & Agriculture Representative

Justin
Hill

 
 
Finance Representative

Doug Bollinger

Industry Representative

Dr. Tom Hodge

Healthcare Representative

La’Keldra Pride

HR, Workforce, & Human Capital Representative

Michael Dunlap

Commercial Business & Agriculture Representative

Justin Hill

Finance Representative

advisory members

David
Karr

 
City Representative

Kate
Victor

 
County Representative

Gary
Kornegay

Industrial Development Authority

Brad
Robison

Partnership Board Representative

Ryan
Revere

 
Legal Counsel

David
Karr

 
City Representative

Kate
Victor

 
County Representative

Gary
Kornegay

Industrial Development Authority

Brad
Robison

Partnership Board Representative

Ryan
Revere

 
 
Legal Counsel

David Karr

City Representative

Kate Victor

County Representative

Gary Kornegay

Industrial Development Authority

Brad Robison

Partnership Board Representative

Ryan Revere

Legal Counsel

executive committee

Mickey
Aldridge

 

William
Cole

 

Roy
Girner

 

Dr. Steven Shideler

 

Sledge
Taylor

 

Mickey
Aldridge

William
Cole

Roy
Girner

Dr. Steven Shideler

Sledge
Taylor

Mickey Aldridge

William Cole

Roy Girner

Dr. Steven Shideler

Sledge Taylor

accomplishments

By the End of 2021

  • 775+ new jobs
  • Concourse Skills Training Center with 800 participants which equals 800 skilled employees plus 65 additional staff jobs
  • New industry investment of $200 million

Investment in Education and Careers

  • ACT Certified Work Ready Community
  • Award-winning PreK-12 Spark Program
  • 360° Entrepreneurial Program
  • Made in Panola Necessary Skills Training
  • Concourse Skills Training Facility

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