About AccelerateMS

Vision
Mississippi will have a world-class workforce with unlimited, quality career opportunities to create sustained individual, community and statewide economic prosperity.

Mission
AccelerateMS serves the people and businesses of Mississippi by developing and deploying workforce strategies to connect individuals with transformative, high-paying careers. By leveraging resources and partnering with organizations that hold complementary missions, AccelerateMS effectuates positive change, creating sustained individual, community and statewide economic prosperity.

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Ecosystem-Map

The AccelerateMS Ecosystem approach is designed to develop and improve strategies that meet the unique needs of specific regions within the state. We seek to maximize proven practices delivered at local “micro” levels, while addressing “macro” concerns in an effort to meet the current and emergent needs of Mississippi's workforce.

Each ecosystem has a dedicated AccelerateMS team member, who serves as the central point of contact within their sphere of influence. Each ecosystem routinely reviews labor market data, supply chain needs, available educational and training resources, and regional/community assets in an effort to more accurately meet needs in real time. Regular meetings with ecosystem stakeholders encourage collaboration and promote the development of workforce strategies focused on the needs of each specific ecosystem.

Executive Team

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Ryan Miller

Executive Director

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Yolonda Boone

Senior Advisor

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Garrett McInnis

Deputy Director for External Affairs

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Mary Ann Myers

Chief Administrative Officer

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Dr. Nathan Oakley

Deputy Director for K-12 Innovation

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Bill Renick

Senior Advisor

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Dr. Courtney Taylor

Deputy Director for Postsecondary Strategy

Program Managers

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Erin Gordon

Program Manager

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Shelika Hooker

Program Manager

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Lori Nail

Program Manager

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Cliff Thames

Program Manager

cthames@acceleratems.org

Ecosystem Coordinators

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Jennifer Levingston

Ecosystem 1

Coahoma, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, and Tunica counties.

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Forrest Bryan

Ecosystem 2

Alcorn, Benton, DeSoto, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, and Union counties.

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Suzy Bowman

Ecosystem 2

Alcorn, Benton, DeSoto, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, and Union counties.

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Kimberley Gatewood

Ecosystem 3

Bolivar, Carroll, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Sharkey, Sunflower, and Washington counties.

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Kelly Martin

Ecosystem 4

Attala, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Grenada, Lowndes, Monroe, Montgomery, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Webster, Winston, and Yalobusha counties.

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Courtney Lange

Ecosystem 5

Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Warren, Claiborne, Yazoo, and Simpson counties.

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LeAnne Nixon

Ecosystem 6

Clarke, Covington, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, Smith, and Wayne counties.

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Ed Hargrove

Ecosystem 8

Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, and Stone counties.

ehargrove@acceleratems.org

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Tracy Yanez

Ecosystem 8

Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, and Stone counties.

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