COVID-19 Resources


Small Business Paycheck Protection Program 

Small Business Association Loan Information

CARES Act Information

DOL and Employer Information

Tax Information 

Reopening Information



Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)

Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) 

Mississippi State Department of Health

Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce

Greater Starkville Development Partnership

West Point Clay County Growth Alliance



News from U.S. Senator Roger Wicker

News from U. S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

News from U.S. Congressman Trent Kelly - First District 

News from U.S. Congressman Michael Guest - Third District



  • ​Executive Order 1466,  04/01/20, Issued a shelter-in-place for the State of Mississippi, effective at 5 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020.  Summarized as follows:
    • Residents ordered to stay at home unless the place of residence becomes unsafe or if they are utilizing outdoor space at a distance of 6 feet from each individual and avoiding groups of less than 10 people.
    • Suspends evictions but does not relieve rent, mortgage, or tenancy obligations.
    • Ceases all but minimum operations of non-essential businesses.  (Essential businesses identified in Executive Order 1463)
    • Essential businesses to remain open and operational at a level to provide essential services and functions.
    • All public and private social and non-essential gatherings of 10 or more are to be cancelled or rescheduled.
    • All places of amusement or recreation (with the exception of walking trails) shall be closed to the public.
    • Provides exception for essential activities and essential travel.​
  • Executive Order 1465,  03/31/20, Issued a shelter-in-place for Lauderdale County
  • Executive Order 1464,  03/30/20, Suspends time and weight restrictions for commercial vehicles providing transport and delivery of critical commodities; Waives required weight permits and fees; Suspends number of hours an operator can drive
  • Supplement to Executive Order 1463, 3/26/20, No local governing body may make regulations less stringent than those imposed by the state but may make more stringent restrictions, so as not to impede essential businesses from providing necessary services and functions
  • ​Executive Order 1463,  03/24/20, Limits gathering size and defines essential businesses
  • ​Executive Order 1462,  03/21/20, Eases unemployment requirements and waiting periods
  • ​Executive Order 1461,  03/20/20, Rescheduling 2nd Congressional District runoff
  • ​Executive Order 1460,  03/19/20, Closes public schools through April 17 and outlines provisions for distance learning and testing procedures
  • ​Executive Order 1459,  03/16/20, Activates the Mississippi National Guard to assist with mobile testing units
  • ​Executive Order 1458,  03/16/20, Directs non-essential state employees to work from home; calls for the development of distance learning protocols and the continuance of free/reduced fee lunches for students


City of Columbus COVID-19 Measures

City of Starkville COVID-19 Measures

City of West Point COVID-19 Measures

Clay County Board of Supervisors COVID-19 Resolution

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors COVID-19 Ordinance



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  • They’re [GTR LINK] very responsive to companies and their needs for getting questions answers and providing data and resources.

    Alan Easome

    Senior Director, New Plant Development, Yokohama Corporation of North America

  • The workforce in Mississippi is exceptional. I’ve hired many veterans that worked in aviation during their military careers and moved back home to the Golden Triangle area. Airbus was able to use their skill sets and put them to work building multi-million dollar aircraft. The training that EMCC offers was so valuable to us, because they enabled our people to be trained in a variety of disciplines. This allowed for some of our people that had no aviation skills to be trained and hired as apprentices and grew our work force development program. People drive up to 75 miles to work for Airbus, demonstrating the work ethic and commitment of the men and women who live in Mississippi. We are very grateful for the caliber of people we are able to work with.

    Rob Boman

    Head of HR, Environment, Health & Safety

  • The Golden Triangle region has offered us a very energetic workforce with a great work ethic. There has been an abundant supply of laborers and skilled candidates, all willing to learn. Through various resources in the area we have always found what we needed and our employees are dedicated to the success of our plant.

    Ray Hamer

    Human Resources Director, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Columbus Flat Roll Division

  • This is a very business friendly area and the LINK is an excellent resource staffed with very passionate people that also know their business extremely well and they’re creative. They understand the need for speed and necessity to minimize upfront costs of building or expanding a business. As a result, GTR LINK has been very successful in bringing good manufacturing jobs to the Golden Triangle Region.

    Madhu Ranade

    General Manager and Vice President at Steel Dynamics, Inc., Columbus Flat Roll Division

  • The PACCAR Engine Company continues to enjoy great success in hiring, training, and keeping local talent. From Assembly Operators associates, Machining Operators, to Craft Technicians, we have experienced a positive and dedicated workforce willing to learn new skills. Attracting quality new associates has not been an issue with us, but we face the same nation-wide challenges in finding associates with skilled trades. We are pleased for the results we have achieved by locating our facilities here.

    Mike Arzamendi

    Communication & Training Manager