Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Chistensen is leaving the post he has held for three years to become president and chief executive of the Greensboro (N.C.) Partnership.

During Christensen’s tenure, more than 17,000 jobs were created and more than $2.43 billion incorporate investment was made, according to an MDA release.

A signal achievement was the recruitment of Japanese commercial tire manufacturer Yokohama Tire Co., which is to open a West Point manufacturing facility in the fall. The project is expect to initially create 500 jobs and generate a $300 million corporate investment. Future expansions could increase employment to 2,000 and the corporate investment to more than $1 billion.

Gov. Phil Bryant said in the release that “Brent worked tirelessly to position Mississippi as an economic leader, supporting existing businesses and recruiting new investment to the state. He had a standout record in Florida, and I knew when we recruited him to Mississippi, we were gaining an economic development professional who could deliver world-class results.”

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