No, I’m not writing about that Philadelphia! This one is in Mississippi, the second largest Philadelphia in the USA, and was one of my top 100 agurbs®. Philadephia, MS (population 7,303) is the county seat for Neshoba County, a county which has grown 21.5% since 1990. Things are booming in Neshoba.
Philadelphia just opened a new 15,000 sf business incubator, the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center, to encourage the growth of new businesses. The $1.3 million price tag for the project was piecemealed together from about a dozen sources including EDA, USDA, MDA and other local and regional sources. In only 2 months, three companies have already located in the incubator, including a poultry support company (there are >80 million chickens in the county), an air purification start-up and an oil field support company.
It will be interesting to return in a couple of years to see what companies come out of this new incubator.