Jay Moon, CEcD
President/CEO Mississippi Manufacturers Assoc
Jay C. Moon is the president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the largest and most influential voice for Mississippi manufacturers. The association represents more than 2,200 manufacturers and associated members. As president of the MMA, Jay has helped to develop and win passage of several significant legislative programs. Jay worked with Gov. Haley Barbour, the Mississippi legislature and other business leaders to enact landmark civil justice reform. Jay helped to develop and pass Momentum Mississippi, one of the most comprehensive improvements to Mississippi’s business incentive offerings. Other significant legislative incentive packages supporting Mississippi companies, such as Viking, Baxter, Northrop Grumman and Howard Industries, were also made possible through Jay’s leadership.
Jay has more than 20 years of professional economic development experience in site development, business retention, strategic plan development, financial incentive creation and marketing. Prior to joining the MMA, Jay served as the deputy director/chief operating officer and director for international development with the Mississippi Development Authority. During that period, Jay was responsible for the recruitment of many well-known national and international companies to Mississippi. Jay led Mississippi’s successful effort to locate the new $1.5 billion, 5,300 employee Nissan Automotive Assembly facility. This project was named by Site Selection Magazine, Corporate Location Magazine, Area Development Magazine and Southern Business & Development Magazine as the top development project of that year. Through Jay’s efforts, the state development authority received consistent recognition for its innovative business attraction and support programs, including acknowledgment by Site Selection Magazine as one of the top 10 economic development organizations.
Jay is well known throughout the state and nation for his progressive approach to economic development and his leadership capabilities. Jay has extensive experience in international markets including Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He has led dozens of trade and investment missions and has managed international offices in seven countries. In addition, Jay has successful community based economic development experience, having directed the economic development, community development, building and planning programs for the City of Gulfport, Miss., for five years.
Jay is a Certified Economic Developer. He currently serves on the board of the International Economic Development Council, the largest economic development organization in the world. Jay has also been designated by the IEDC as a Fellow Member. This designation is given to those who have attained unusual stature in the field of economic development. Jay also served on the board of the American Economic Development Council for two terms. Jay is a former board member and president of the National Association of State Development Agencies. He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute where he currently serves as an instructor on international trade and marketing. Jay is also an instructor for the EDI/IEDC program in and the University of Southern Mississippi’s EDI Basic Program. Jay is the chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and is a board member with the Mississippi Intermodal Council and the Mississippians for Economic Progress. He is a board member with the State of Mississippi Workforce Investment Board and the Southern Global Strategies Council, a part of the Southern Growth Policies Board. He is president of the Mississippi Manufacturing Extension Partnership. He was appointed by Gov. Barbour to be a member of the Governor’s Comprehensive Tax Study Commission, and he is a member of the National Governor’s Association Sector Strategy Policy Academy. He is also a member of the Society of International Business Fellows.
Jay has an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Master's of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia.