Membership

Key Member Participation Opportunities

MEC provides a variety of ways for members to participate throughout the year.

Major Events
There are three major events each year - the MEC Annual Meeting, Hobnob Mississippi and MEC Capital Day. These events are held in Jackson and draw leaders from all regions of Mississippi. These are the only paid attendance events hosted by MEC.

Annual Meeting
Held in April, the Annual Meeting draws more than 2,000 business and community leaders, elected officials and students. The annual meeting includes morning sessions on key economic issues, a luncheon that includes a special keynote speaker and entertainment. Also held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting is the Education Celebration recognizing the state's top high school seniors who are selected as STAR students. There are sponsorship opportunities available and special discounted tickets for MEC members.

Hobnob Mississippi
Held under the "Big Top" tent at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum in Jackson, Hobnob Mississippi is a fun political rally-styled event that features Mississippi's statewide elected officials and candidates for statewide office. Hobnob is held in late October or early November - usually less than a week before the general election. The event, which draws more than 1,500 leaders, features a morning of stump-styled political speaking, a special keynote address and entertainment. Sponsorship opportunities available and special discounted tickets for MEC members are available.

Capital Day
Generally held the first Thursday of the Legislative session, MEC Capital Day is an opportunity for members to meet with their legislators from home while at the Capitol. The morning starts with an opening session featuring key elected leaders, including the Governor. Then attendees go to the State Capitol for briefings from the Lt. Governor, the Speaker of the House and other key legislative leaders. The event, which draws more than 1,200 leaders, is capped off with a lavish buffet-style luncheon. There are sponsorship opportunities available and special discounted tickets for MEC members.

Staying Connected
MEC provides a variety of ways for members to stay connected throughout the year, without having to come to Jackson. The annual MEC tour is one way members can take part in meetings held in their region of the state. The MEC Connect Web-Conference provide members and opportunity to login and listen to various topics. The MEC Legislative Scramblers are breakfast meetings that members can participate in via conference call, no matter where they live.

Annual MEC Tour
In 2013, MEC held a 14-city Insight Tour, allowing members to participate in providing vital feedback on key issues - all of which help MEC in crafting its legislative agenda. The meetings, which are held at no cost to attendees, last for no more than 90 minutes and include lunch or breakfast and provide ample time for networking. The meetings are scheduled in a manner that puts a meeting within an hour's driving distance for everyone in the state. By going to communities in all regions of the state, MEC is able to learn what issues are important in that area and compare regional differences in order to craft a strategy to move our state forward.

MEC Connect
The MEC Connect Web Conferences allows members to dial in or listen through their computers while viewing a presentation from Mississippi leaders on vital topics, such as health care, education and economic development. There is no cost to participate in the MEC Connect and the web conference is just another way MEC allows members to stay connected without ever leaving their desks.

MEC Legislative Scrambler
The MEC Legislative Scramblers give members a way to connect with legislative leaders and provides them with a "meaningful voice at the capitol without leaving their desks." The Scramblers are held throughout the legislative session. Attendees hear brief presentations from legislative leaders on key topics being discussed during the session. For those who aren't able to attend the breakfast in Jackson, they can participate by dialing in via teleconference.

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Pinnacle
Atmos Energy
AT&T
BancorpSouth
Barksdale Management Corporation
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi
Entergy
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Mississippi Power Company
Nissan North America, Inc.
Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Trustmark National Bank
Walmart

Capstone
C SPIRE
Electric Power Associations of MS
Renasant Bank

Keystone

BankPlus 
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino / Gold Strike Casino Resort
Ergon, Inc.
GodwinGroup
Hancock Bank   
The Clarion-Ledger
Viking
Yates Construction

Milestone
BP America
Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Cornerstone
Chevron
Health Management Associates, Inc. – Mississippi Division
North Mississippi Health Services
Regions
Renasant Bank
Structural Steel Services, Inc.

Foundation
Adams and Reese LLP
Altria Corporate Services, Inc.
American Eurocopter Corporation
Anderson Companies
Baptist Health Systems 
Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Cadence Bancorp, LLC
CN
Colonial Pipeline Company
Community Bancshares of Mississippi, Inc
The CPI Group, Inc.
Denbury Resources Inc.
Deviney Construction Company, Inc.
DiamondJacks
DuPont Titanium Technologies
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Horne LLP
IP Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Merck & Company, Inc
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Olin Corp - Winchester Division
Peco Foods, Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Ports America
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Roxul USA, Inc.
St. Dominic Health Services, Inc.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center 
Wells Fargo
Willmut Gas Company

Chair’s Council
ABB Kuhlman
Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg
Anderson-Tully Worldwide 
Anheuser-Busch Companies
APAC Mississippi, Inc.
Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
ATK Aerospace Structures Division
Aurora Flight Sciences
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Balch & Bingham LLP
Bank of Brookhaven
Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle
bfac, LLC
BKD LLP
Brandon Petroleum Properties 
CECO Building Systems
CEFCO Convenience Stores
CF Industries, Inc.
CenterPoint Energy
The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia
The Citizens National Bank of Meridian
Clark Beverage Group
Comcast – Central Division
Community Eldercare Services, LLC
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Daniel Coker Horton & Bell
Delta Technical College Ridgeland
Double Quick / Gresham Petroleum
EastGroup Properties
Eaton Aerospace
El Paso Corporation
Franklin Corporation 
Galaxie Corp
GE
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Division
Gilmore Foundation, Inc.
Hollywood Casino Tunica
InLine Jackson
Island View Casino Resort 
Jackson/Newell Paper Company
JANTRAN, INC.
Jones Walker L.L.P.
Journal Publishing Company
The King’s Daughters Medical Center
L-3 Vertex Aerospace LLC
La-Z-Boy South
Lockheed Martin
Loomis Company
Magnolia Health Plan
Masonite Corporation
McAlister's Gourmet Deli
McKesson Corporation
Merchants & Marine Bank
The Metropolitan Bank
Metso Paper
Miller Transporters, Inc.
Mississippi Association of Realtors
Mississippi Business Journal
Mississippi Casino Operators Association
Mississippi Health Partners, Inc.
Mississippi Land Bank
Mississippi Marine Corporation
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
MMC Materials, Inc.
The Molpus Woodlands Group
MTD/Aircap
Mueller Industries
NEW (National Electrical Warranty)
Norbord Mississippi, Inc.
Norfolk Southern Corporation
North American Coal Corporation/Red Hill Mine
Nucor Steel Jackson, Inc
The Pantry, Inc. (Kangaroo)
Peavey Electronics Corporation
Phelps Dunbar, LLP
Philips Day-Brite
Phillips 66
Phosphate Holdings, Inc.
Planters Bank & Trust Company
PriorityOne Bank
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Puckett Machinery Company
Riverwalk Casino
SeverStal Columbus
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, Inc.
Signal International
Singing River Hospital System
Southern Cast Products, Inc.
Southern Development Resource
Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company
Specialty Contractors & Associates, Inc.
Staplcotn
State Farm Insurance Companies
TeleSouth Communications
Tellus Operating Group, LLC
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc.
Tyson Foods
UnitedHealthcare of Mississippi
Verizon Wireless 
VT Halter Marine 
Warren Paving, Inc.
Watkins & Eager
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Distribution Center
Wilson & Biggs, PLLC
Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.
Zeon Chemicals

MEC Membership Levels

Pinnacle:  This is the highest level of membership. Designed for the state’s top corporations. Leaders from Pinnacle-membership level companies have made a significant contribution in improving Mississippi’s competitiveness.

  • Logo Recognition on MEC Web site Entry and Link to Your Site
  • Large Logo Type Promotion in MEC Annual Report
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Top level sponsorship at all regular MEC events during the year (except those of Leadership Mississippi and the M.B. Swayze Foundation)
  • Priority seating at all meetings and MEC Annual Meeting Head Table for One Representative from Company
  • Special Recognition on MEC Printed Materials and at MEC Meetings

Capstone: This level of membership is designed for statewide corporations with a major multi-location presence, 1,000 or more employees, and a desire to make a significant statement about their participation in Mississippi’s future.

  • Logo Recognition on MEC Web site Entry and Link to Your Site
  • Large Logo Type Promotion in MEC Annual Report
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Top level sponsorship at all regular MEC events during the year (except those of Leadership Mississippi and the M.B. Swayze Foundation)
  • Priority seating at all meetings and MEC Annual Meeting Head Table for One Representative from Company

Keystone: This level of membership is designed for multi-location and/or Mississippi-headquartered locations with significant employment and a strong interest in developing a high leadership participation in Mississippi’s future.

  • Website link from MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Top Level Sponsorship at all regular MEC events during the year (except those of Leadership Mississippi and the M.B. Swayze Foundation)
  • Priority seating at all meetings and MEC Annual Meeting Head Table for One Representative from Company

Milestone:  This level of membership is designed for Mississippi companies  looking to reach beyond their foundation of strong support of MEC and its programs and be active in promoting a strong business climate in Mississippi.

  • Recognition on MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Three Leadership Level sponsorships at MEC events during the year

Cornerstone: This level of membership is designed for companies with a single location in Mississippi with fewer than 1,000 employees, seeking to demonstrate a foundation of strong support of MEC and its programs.

  • Recognition on MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • Two Leadership Level sponsorships at MEC events during the year

Foundation: This level of membership is designed for companies with a single location in Mississippi, seeking to demonstrate a foundation of strong support of MEC and its programs.

  • Recognition on MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses
  • One Leadership Level sponsorship at an MEC event during the year

Chair’s Council: This level of membership is designed for smaller companies with a strong focus on the future of Mississippi.

  • Recognition on MEC Web site
  • Special briefings via e-mail and fax and invitations to other special events as year progresses

 

*For Membership Level costs and additional information please contact Kelly Boutwell at 601-969-4421 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Representation. Protection. Visibility.

As champions for Mississippi's future, MEC's priority issues aim to improve education, enhance workforce training and create a positive business climate to foster economic development.

Representation
At MEC, we are the voice of businesses in Mississippi. As a member, you are joining with other businesses in the state to help create a strong network of leaders and foster a positive atmosphere for businesses to thrive and succeed.

MEC is your voice at the Capitol so you don't have to leave your desk. MEC's legislative team tracks bills introduced in the Legislature on priority issues and delivers your messages to state leaders.

Protection
At MEC, we fight for legislation that will help your business grow stronger in Mississippi. Grassroots efforts by MEC helped pass tort reform in 2004 and helped to create a wonderful business environment in Mississippi, so much so that many businesses have chosen to locate here since tort reform laws have gone into effect. In 2012, MEC was again at the lead in helping push for reform in the state's worker's compensation laws, providing a stable environment for your business. Each year MEC works to ensure the state's tax laws are such that we maintain our competitiveness with other states. MEC is also a champion for education and workforce development, as we recognize the direct correlation between educational success and business success.

Visibility
Depending upon the level of membership, you will also receive recognition on the MEC website, banners and sponsorships at our large meetings and priority seating at our events. Sponsorship opportunities are available to you at all major events and MEC Connect Web calls, giving your company visibility to our thousands of guests.

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