How do I contact other Chamber members?

There are many opportunities to connect with Chamber members in person at programs and events throughout the year. Because we respect our members’ privacy, we do not make their email addresses available to the public. If you are interested in purchasing direct-mail lists or labels, please contact our Membership Team.

I work at a company that is already a member of the ADP. Do I need to join the Chamber separately to take advantage of member benefits?

All employees of Chamber-member companies are considered Chamber members and are eligible to receive full member benefits, including participating in Chamber programs and attending events at the member rate. Contact our Membership Team to begin receiving our weekly email newsletter The Rundown and to learn how employees in your organization can become more involved in the ADP.

How do I know if my company is a member?

Please search our Chamber Member Directory. It is possible to search by business category, keyword, or company name.

I used to be a member. How do I rejoin?

Please complete the Request to Join Form below, and our Membership team will be in touch with you. Our benefits and services may have changed since you originally joined and your price of investment may have changed as well, as it is based on your current number of full-time employees.

Can I join the ADP as an individual?

Yes! We offer individual membership for $150 annually. Individuals enjoy all the benefits of ADP membership, including networking and professional development opportunities.

How much is the annual membership investment?

Your annual investment depends on the type and size of your business. Most businesses pay a base rate of $300 plus $7 for each additional full-time employee located within our service area. However, there is separate pricing for apartments, banks, education, government, individuals, firms with partners, and non-profits. Consult with our Membership Director to determine your business’ investment. New members are also required to pay a one-time application fee of $25.00.

How do I join the ADP?

Joining the ADP is a simple 3 step process:

1. Fill out the membership application at the top of this page.
2. Submit your payment. Once your application has been approved, you will submit payment for your first year of membership and will become an official member if the ADP. You will see the benefits almost immediately as you receive weekly emails, event invitations and opportunities to connect with other members.

On-the-Job Training

– Recruitment and Job Referral Assistance via the WIN Job Center
– Applicant Assessment and Testing via Pearl River Community College
– Customized Pre-Employment Training via Pearl River Community College
– Dedicated Project Management support through recruiting, screening and on-boarding processes, provided by Pearl River Community College
– On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program through the WIN Job Center
– Wage criteria must be between $12-$30/hour
– Program provides 50% reimbursement of hourly wages during the allowable training period
– A WIN Job Center OJT Specialist determines the allowable training period depending on each

Hattiesburg Central Business District

Numerous incentives for business choosing to locate or expand in downtown Hattiesburg. Both a 7-year property tax exemption and a 10-year property tax exemption is available, and all exemptions must be approved by the City of Hattiesburg and Forrest County.
Hattiesburg Business Resources

Clean Energy Initiative

– Provides companies that manufacture systems or components used to generate clean, renewable or alternative energy a 10-year state year state income and franchise tax exemption and a sales and use tax exemption for the startup of a facility or completion of expansion
– Must invest at least $50M and create at least 250 full-time jobs to qualify

Healthcare Industry Zone Incentive

The Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Incentive aims to increase the number of health care jobs in the state and expand access to high-quality medical care for Mississippi residents by encouraging health care-related businesses to locate or expand in Health Care Zones in the state.

The Health Care Industry Zone Incentive provides certified businesses with the following incentives:
– An accelerated, 10-year state income tax depreciation deduction; and
– A sales tax exemption for equipment and materials purchased from the date of the project’s certification until three months after the facility is completed.

In addition, the program allows counties and cities, at their discretion, to grant a 10-year ad valorem tax exemption for certified businesses. Counties and cities may also grant a fee in lieu of property tax for any certified project with an investment of more than $10 million. This fee in lieu of property tax is negotiated between an eligible business and local authorities and may be available for up to 30 years, though no particular parcel of land, real property improvement, or item of personal property can be subject to a fee in lieu for more than 10 years, and the negotiated fee cannot be less than one third of the property tax levy. Certified companies can also qualify for other Mississippi incentive programs.

The incentive program is designed to benefit businesses engaged in the following:
Medical Supply
Laboratory Testing
Medical Projuct Distribution
Diagnostic Imaging
Pharmaceutical Research & Development
Medical equipment or medicine production and related manufacturing or processing.

To qualify for this incentive, health care-related businesses must commit to create at least 25 full-time jobs and/or invest $10 million and must locate in a Health Care Zone within the state.

Headquarters Incentives

– An income tax credit for each position assigned to a national or regional headquarters created in, transferred
to or expanded in Mississippi.
– An income tax credit equal to a national or regional headquarters’ actualrelocation costs. Qualified relocation
expenses are non-depreciable expenses necessary to relocate headquarters employees to Mississippi, such as employees’ moving expenses and travel expenses incurred by employees and their families as they search for homes in the state. The credit is applied to the tax year in whichthe relocation costs are paid and can be used with other credits.
– Company must create, transfer or expand its headquarters operations in Mississippi and must create at least 20 new headquarters jobs to receive the credit as defined by the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

Federal Historic 20% Tax Credit

To be eligible for the 20% rehabilitation tax credit, a project must also meet the following basic tax requirements of the Internal Revenue Code:

– The building must be depreciable – commercial or rental.
– The property must be placed in service (i.e., returned to use). Furthermore, the owner must hold the building for five full years after completing the rehabilitation, or pay back the credit.
– The rehabilitation must be substantial, which means that during a 24-month period selected by the taxpayer, rehabilitation expenditures must exceed the greater of $5,000 or the adjusted basis of the building.
– The building must be a certified historic structure when it is placed in service.

Federal Historic 10% Tax Credit

The 10% tax credit is available for the rehabilitation of non-historic buildings that were built before 1936 and that will be used for income-producing purposes other than residential.

– The property must be depreciable – commercial.
– Rehabilitation must be substantial, meaning that the cost of the rehabilitation must exceed the greater of either $5,000 or the adjusted basis of the property.
– The 10% credit applies only to buildings rehabilitated for non-residential uses.

Mississippi Works

Administered through AccelerateMS, Mississippi Works offers financial support for on-the-job training that includes wage reimbursement program for new and upskilling employees. MS Works also offers f unding to support training initiatives for new and expanding industry such as OJT, college delivered training, vendor and 3rd party training.

Facade Grant Program

The Facade Grant Improvement Program is focused on supporting the growth and revitalization of existing commercial properties in Hattiesburg’s historic conservation district. The program will award funds to approved downtown properties to further revitalize building exteriors while aiming to attract potential investors and entrepreneurs looking to locate or expand a business in the downtown area.


MFLEX is a one-of-a-kind tax incentive plan where the credit is calculated on a simple formula factoring planned capital investment, number of new jobs and annual payroll. There is only one application and one approval for a universal credit that can be used to offset the corporate income tax, franchise tax, sales and use tax, and the payroll withholding tax. MFLEX credits can be used over 10 years and requires annual company reporting. Here is the link to the MFLEX brochure.

Eligibility: Designed for any business entity that creates at least 10 new jobs paying 75% of the state or average wage, and/or invest $2.5 million in qualified capital expenditures.

Eligible business types include manufacturers, warehouse and/or distribution businesses, research, and development facilities, regional or national headquarters, air transportation and/or maintenance facilities, data and information processing centers, technology-intensive enterprises, telecommunications business and data centers.

Research & Development Skills Tax Credit

– Income tax credit of up to $1,000 per year for a five-year period for any full-time position requiring research and development skills
– Any business with positions requiring research or development skills may apply

Freeport Warehouse Exemption

A freeport warehouse exemption is available on finished goods inventory destined for shipment outside the state.

-A freeport warehouse exemption is available at the discretion of local authorities.
-A freeport warehouse exemption can be granted in perpetuity and can be on the
total millage amount, including school taxes.
-The value of the exemption would depend on the value of the company’s finished goods inventory at year-end and how much of that inventory was destined for shipment outside the state.

The company must apply to local authorities for a freeport warehouse license and must submit an inventory report to the county tax assessor each year to be able to receive this exemption.

Fee-in-Lieu of Taxes

For projects with a capital investment of at least $60 million, local authorities can grant a fee to be paid in lieu of property tax on all real and personal property for up to 10 years.

-A fee in lieu of taxes is available at the discretion of local authorities for projects involving an investment of at least $60 million.

-The value of the fee-in-lieu exemption depends on the millage rates for the site and the project’s expected investment in land, buildings, and equipment.

-A fee in lieu of property tax can cover all taxes assessed, but the fee cannot be less than 1/3 of the standard property tax levy.

-While a fee-in-lieu agreement can be in place for up to 30 years (the term is determined at the discretion of local authorities), no particular parcel of land, real property improvement or item of personal property can be subject to an exemption for more than 10 years.

Real & Personal Property Tax

– The exemption is available at the discretion of local authorities.
– The value of the ad valorem exemption would be calculated based on the true value of new real and personal property, assessed at a 15% valuation. The millage rates are determined by local authorities.
– The term of the exemption is at the discretion of local authorities but can be available for
up to 10 years.

Sales & Use Tax Exemptions

– Provides a 50% exemption to the 7% general sales tax on qualified project purchases
– Provides a 50% exemption on the 1.5% sales tax on machinery and equipment purchases
– Exemption is valid from project start through the 3rd month of operations

Rural Economic Development (RED) Tax Credits

– Income tax credit used in conjunction with Mississippi Finance Corporation-issued industrial revenue bond
– Based on amount of bond-related debt service
– Credits can use used to offset up to 80% of a company’s state corporate income tax liability each year for the life of the bonds
– Eligible businesses include: manufacturing, telecommunications, data processing, distribution or warehouse facilities

State Historic 25% Tax Credit

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is responsible for the administration of the program, which provides for a state income tax credit equal to 25% of the qualified expenses of rehabilitating historic structures used for residential or business purposes.

– To be eligible, the qualified rehabilitation expenditures must exceed:
– $5,000 in the case of an owner-occupied dwelling, or
– 50% of the total basis in the property in the case of all properties other than owner-occupied dwellings.
– All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
– Only rehabilitation expenditures incurred after January 1, 2006, qualify.
– Not-for-profit entities are ineligible to receive the credits.

Local Historic Tax Abatement

A 7 year tax exemption for residential or commercial contributing structures within a Local Historic District or Central Business District which have increased in Tax Assessed value by 20% for residential or 10% for commercial. The maximum tax exemption is not to exceed 50% of the value of the improvements.

Contact City of Hattiesburg – Kermas Eaton, City Clerk at 601-554-4502.

Data Center Incentives

– 10-year state income and franchise tax exemptions
– Sales and Use tax exemption on construction materials, equipment, and software & hardware replacement
– No sales tax on electricity (or other fuel) used to operate data center
– Companies must make a minimum investment of $20 million in the state and create at least 20 new jobs paying 125 percent of the average state wage. Companies must be certified as data centers by the Mississippi Development Authority to qualify.

MS Aerospace Initiative

– Provides aerospace businesses with 10-year state income and franchise tax exemptions and a sales and use tax exemption for the start-up of a facility or completion of an expansion
– Available to companies that manufacture or assemble components for the aerospace industry or provide research, development or training services for that sector
– Companies must invest at least $25 million and create at least 25 full-time jobs paying at least 110% of the state or county average annual salary

Petal Central Business District

Application – Petal CBD Application
Ordinance – Ordinance
North Map – North Map
South Map – South Map