MEC President & CEO Scott Waller was recently named as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 Most Influential.
Mississippi Top 50 is an annual list of the people who are judged to be the most influential leaders in the state. This bipartisan selection of leaders comes from the ranks of elected and appointed officials, economic development professionals, business, media, and government affairs. The awards are sponsored by Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Farm Bureau and awardees were nominated through an open process.
Scott took the reins of MEC, the state’s largest broad based business organization on May 1, 2017 as interim CEO and on January 1, 2018 was selected by the MEC Board as permanent CEO…and is already taking the organization to a new level.
In a special session this summer, MEC, under Scott’s leadership played a pivotal role in providing background and support for a major legislative infrastructure initiative. The resulting legislation found its roots In a four-year Blueprint Mississippi Transportation Task Force research and information program staffed from the beginning by Scott.
Over the years he has been instrumental in providing important input for legislative initiatives boosting tourism, workforce development, economic development and improving tax policy and education. In 2014, the prestigious State Tax Notes publication recognized Scott as one of its persons of the year for his work with the Mississippi legislature on the Taxpayer Fairness Act.
When Blueprint Mississippi, MEC’s long range economic policy strategic plan, was updated in 2011, Scott incorporated innovative online communications efforts to engage leaders from around the state…and he pioneered a revamping of MEC’s popular road shows to use multi-media to enhance presentations reaching leaders in 20 communities large and small across Mississippi every year.
He has a long record of promoting economic development and workforce development — and was recently appointed by Governor Bryant to the State Workforce Investment Board.