For the past four years, Mike McGrevey has been the executive director of the Kemper Economic Development Authority. But in May he will put on a different hat to lead the Montgomery Institute.
"When they broke the news, I said what a great birthday present to get. I am looking forward to moving this area forward," McGrevey said.
The Montgomery Institute was named after retired U.S. Rep. G.V. Sonny Montgomery. Its purpose is to promote and grow leadership for the East Mississippi and West Alabama region.
In the short time that McGevey has been in Kemper County, he has been credited for moving it forward and helping bring in nearly 500 hundred jobs in a short period of time. He says he goes by the development model of "planaction," one part plan and one part action.
It has lead to a $180 million investment. Proderma and Pharmapac, just to name a couple.
The institute, which is privately funded, had many prospects for the position but the board of directors felt, because of McGrevey's past, he is the right one for the job.
"Bill Crawford has put some great plans in place and my job is to make it all happen," said McGrevey, speaking of the first president of the Montgomery Institute, who recently left for a job in the Gov. Haley Barbour administration.
McGrevey said he is going by the motto of "many dreams and one team," stating that he will work to make sure all of the dreams he has for East Mississippi and West Alabama will become a reality in the near future.