The “Silicon Valley of Agriculture”
Stoneville, Mississippi, is home to what has been referred to as the “Silicon Valley of Agriculture,” a research facility boasting of state of the art laboratories, incubators, and problem solving research to private companies and the public sector throughout the world. This location houses the United States Department of Agriculture’s 15 state regional headquarters, Mississippi State University’s largest branch campus plus other state and federal research entities including the Forest Service. Over 800 people work at this advanced research center, including more than 200 Ph.D.’s
Mars Food R&D Center
- Mars Food recently announced a $31 million investment in Greenville, Mississippi, to construct a state-of-the-art R&D center to support innovations for Mars Food’s brands globally.
- Click here to read about this announcement: https://www.mississippi.org/news-room/mars-food10-21-2014
U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg is one of the premier engineering and scientific research organizations in the world. As the research organization of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC conducts R&D in support of the Soldier, military installations, and civil works projects (water resources, environmental missions, etc.) as well as for other federal agencies, state and municipal authorities, and with U.S. industry through innovative work agreements. ERDC research is developing innovative solutions for a safer, better world. ERDC labs collaborate to address R&D in five major areas: Military Engineering; Geospatial Research and Engineering; Environmental Quality/Installations; Civil Works/Water Resources; and Engineered Resilient Systems. ERDC's staff of approximately 2,100 federal employees and contractors manage an annual research program exceeding $1 billion.
University of Mississippi
The state's flagship university - the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) - lies just 10 miles directly to the east of the Delta Strong region. In addition to its comprehensive subject areas, it is home to the Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, which works with manufacturers across the State.
Mississippi State University
One hour directly east of the Delta Strong region is the State's land grant institution, Mississippi State University. World renowned for their engineering and agriculture programs, Mississippi State University's outreach to manufacturers and business cuts across many disciplines, ranging from automotive assembly, metal fabrication, food processing, timber and furniture products, among others.
6 Colleges & Universities in the Delta
Six institutions of higher learning located in the immediate footprint of the region - Delta State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Coahoma Community College, Holmes Community College, Mississippi Delta Community College, and Northwest Community College.