Higgins Named Top Economic Developer by Consultant Connect


Date: March 4, 2016
Contact: Macaulay Whitaker
(662) 328-8369,

Golden Triangle, Mississippi – Joe Max Higgins, Jr., the CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK, has been selected by Consultant Connect as one of the organization’s 2016 North American Top 50 Economic Developers.

The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

“I was surprised and honored to learn of this recognition by Consultant Connect,” said Higgins. “I know several of the economic developers listed and it appears that I'm in the company of outstanding practitioners of our field.”

Each top 50 economic developer will be featured on the weekly podcast, From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers, to share their expertise in the field of economic development and leadership insights they’ve learned along the way.

“This annual list recognizing North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers is designed to acknowledge the hard work of the top leaders in this field and elevate the conversation around economic development and job creation,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each of the leaders represented on this year’s list are beyond deserving of this recognition for their efforts in building our communities brick by brick and job by job.”

David Rumbarger of the Community Development Foundation of Tupelo and Jim Flanagan of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council were the only other Mississippi developers included in the list.

About The GTR LINK
The Golden Triangle Development LINK is the regional economic development organization for Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties. Located in northeast Mississippi, the LINK’s current record of investment totals $4.6 billion and 5,500 jobs. For more information, visit

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