Why join UCDA?

Business Exposure & Community Involvement
  • Complimentary Ribbon Cuttings
  • Sponsorships and Advertising
  • Listings in the Online Membership Directory and Business Guide Member Decal
  • Business Referrals
  • Networking opportunities through events and organizations, such as business to business luncheons and golf tournaments
Professional & Leadership Development
  • Leadership Development
  • New Albany & Union County Professionals
  • Networking Opportunities and Business Seminars
  • Committee Involvement
Access to Information
  • Email Updates on what events are happening in the community
  • Discounts on educational opportunities
  • Lunch and Learn Opportunites
  • Networking opportunites
  • Access to the Private UCDA Facebook group
  • Access to Directory and Business Listed in Directory
  • Annual Meeting/Banquet for Members Only
Business Expansion & Advocacy
  • Workforce Training Assistance
  • Policy and Legislative Updates
  • Business Promotion & Social Media Visibility

There are numerous reasons to consider New Albany and Union County as a location for your business. Below are just a few to consider.

  • Business friendly city, county, and state governments

  • Mississippi’s Tort Reform Act of 2004 – “one of the most comprehensive legal reform bills in the nation” according to The Wall Street Journal

  • Right to work state, guaranteed by the Mississippi Constitution

  • Reasonable local taxes

  • 10-year ad valorem tax exemptions (except for school taxes) for qualified manufacturers

  • Reasonably priced industrial land with all necessary utilities available in Glenfield Industrial Park

  • Large retail trade area making New Albany a major retail center for area

  • Reasonably priced retail/commercial space available in historic downtown or other commercial areas

  • Technical assistance available through Small Business Development Center

  • Business financing programs available through Mississippi Development Authority, Tennessee Valley

  • Authority, and Three Rivers Planning and Development District

  • Two outstanding school systems with all schools rated Level 5 or Level 4 – the state’s highest ratings

  • Skilled workforce with outstanding work ethic

  • Customized training available through Northeast Mississippi Community College Division of

  • Workforce Training and Economic Development

  • Northeast at New Albany – Northeast Mississippi Community College branch located here (Expansion coming soon)

  • Northeast Mississippi Community College main campus located at Booneville (35 miles)

  • University of Mississippi main campus located at Oxford (35 miles) with a major branch, the Advanced Education Center, located at Tupelo (25 miles)

  • Proximity to other higher education institutions –

    • Blue Mountain College at Blue Mountain (15 miles)

    • Itawamba Community College branch at Tupelo (25 miles)

    • Mississippi University for Women branch (Nursing) at Tupelo (25 miles)

    • Northwest Mississippi Community College branch at Oxford (35 miles)

    • Rust College at Holly Springs (35 miles)

  • Quality health care through Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County

  • Comtrace workers compensation program through Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County

  • Outstanding highway network –

    • Interstate 22  connecting Memphis and Birmingham

    • Miss. Hwy. 15, major north-south thoroughfare

    • Miss. Hwy. 30

    • Miss. Hwy. 178

    • Miss. Hwy. 348

  • One hour from Memphis International Airport

  • Less than 30 minutes from Tupelo Regional Airport

  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, a Class I carrier, traversing the county

  • Short-line Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad connecting to Burlington Northern Santa Fe at New Albany and to two other Class I carriers, Norfolk Southern and Kansas City Southern, at Middleton, Tennessee.

  • Tennessee Valley Authority electricity, some of the nation’s lowest rates and most reliable power

  • Two major natural gas pipelines, Columbia Gulf and Tennessee Gas, traversing the county

  • Attractive quality of life

  • Affordable housing

  • Active development organization

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