Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative

Economic diversification in Mississippi to reduce the state’s dependence on federal defense spending

The University of Southern Mississippi is participating in a national Department of Defense project focused on communities that rely heavily on defense spending and is leading a team that is developing a pilot economic diversification program in Mississippi which will ultimately be used at the national level.

  • Build Capacity
  • Train-the-trainer
  • Develop networks
  • Support BRE Programs
  • Connect to national platform

The goal is to explore and implement options for economic diversification in Mississippi to reduce the state's dependence on federal spending by identifying new revenue streams for Mississippi companies and opportunities for its entrepreneurs and researchers/scientists.