Ten Mississippi counties will share $75,000 in grants for projects to make them more competitive among companies looking to establish or expand their operations.

In its second year, Entergy Mississippi’s Excellerator Competitive Communities program, awarded grants for environmental site assessments, website development, marketing and more.

“When our communities win, we all win,” said Ed Gardner, Entergy Mississippi director of business and economic development. “That’s why we’re trying to make them as competitive as possible through grants that will let them address specific needs at their industrial sites or through their marketing programs.”

This year’s winning counties are Claiborne, Grenada, Madison, Montgomery, Pike, Tate, Tunica, Walthall, Warren and Washington.

Mississippi communities already have advantages like proximity to major waterways and interstate systems, low cost of living and low utility rates. With Entergy’s expertise and financial support, these communities can improve their site readiness, marketing and other key areas that will help them further stand out to prospective businesses.

In addition to assessments and grants, the Excellerator program offers training and workshops to all counties in Entergy’s service area. The Entergy Mississippi economic development team conducts community assessments annually so communities can prepare for the grant cycle each year.

“We’re investing in our communities so our customers can have opportunities without having to leave the state,” said Gardner. “It’s about more than enhancing economic development. Through this program, we’re helping people stay and thrive in Mississippi.”