We help leaders and residents create a bold, innovative, sustainable community vision. Then, we help them develop a focused strategic plan.
We educate existing community leaders on economic development opportunities and help communities develop a larger, more diverse group of leaders.
We help communities increase collaboration and take action to fund and implement their strategic plans.
Dr. Portera, the former President of Mississippi State University and Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, has been involved in economic development for the past 40+ years. Dr. Portera helped to recruit industrial development projects that have resulted in over $15 billion of capital investment in the Southeast U.S. These projects include Nissan-Mississippi, Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, Hyundai-Alabama, Mercedes-Benz Alabama, Victor Company of Japan, and several others.
Andy, an attorney by training, has worked with economic development organizations, city and county governments, and higher education partners since co-founding Portera & Associates in 2014. Andy’s consulting practice focuses on rural communities and organizations throughout the Southeast US. In addition, Andy has taken several partners on international recruiting trips to Germany, Japan, and South Korea.
East Mississippi Business Development Corporation
Kemper County, MS
Golden Triangle Development LINK
Pickens County, Alabama
Meridian Community College
East Mississippi Community College
Tennessee Technological University
"The money we spent with Portera is one of the best investments this county has ever made."
Kemper County, MS Board of Supervisor