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Businesses benefit from the many sought after assets Vicksburg, Miss., offers employers, employees and customers. These include a well-educated workforce, access to shipping lanes, great schools, competitive business costs, tax incentives, family-friendly attractions and a variety of recreational activities to choose from. Vicksburg’s package of amenities has attracted many manufacturers, including International Paper, Tyson Foods, Anderson-Tully Lumber Co., Armstrong Hardwood Flooring Co. and Cooper Lighting.
The engineering field anchors Vicksburg’s economy. The city is home to the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, which employs more than 1,200 people. Warren County holds the highest per capita ratio of engineers and PhDs in the country and is considered the most progressive community in Mississippi. Vicksburg is home to the country’s top inland port, the Port of Vicksburg, where more than 20 businesses and 4,000 employees oversee the importing and exporting of approximately 850,000 tons of freight each year.
Major industries here include research and development, manufacturing, hospitality, education, agriculture and retail. Guiding the area’s growth and development is the Vicksburg-Warren County Economic Development Foundation, which works to attract business and new industry. The EDF is a working arm of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce.
Relocating your business? Your employees will find a high quality of life in Vicksburg, a town packed with things to do and a comfortable climate that lets residents stay active. The city offers great schools, a bevy of restaurants and a full calendar of special events.
Although its scope has broadened somewhat since it was formed in 1894, today’s Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce still has many of the same objectives as the first organization, which originated as The Board of Trade of the City of Vicksburg.