About

Madison County’s creative people, companies and institutions, past and present, are a vital part of what describes our county. Their collective achievements and talents contribute to Madison County’s unique environment. It’s these same creative people, companies and institutions that also add significant wealth to the County’s economy, in ways, that until now, have been under-recognized.

Inspired by the Mississippi Creative Economy study put together by the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Madison County Creative Economy Council was formed to help others understand Madison County’s creative economy as it exists today, helping us to be better positioned to support and further develop this key sector.

The Madison County Creative Economy Council is a convergence of organizations with a strong interest in seeking out and promoting all that is good in our County. The effort began in 2012, and regular meetings have resulted in this website - a place where anyone who is interested can see, in one place, the major creative forces, both man made and natural, that make Madison County stronger than ever.

The people and organizations that make up the Madison County Creative Economy Council include:

Canton Chamber of Commerce Main Street Association

Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau & Film Office

Craftsman's Guild of Mississippi

Madison the City Chamber of Commerce

Madison County Business League & Foundation

Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Madison County Economic Development Authority

Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce

Ridgeland Tourism Commission

Susan Marquez Consulting

2017 Madison County Creative Economy Council

Standing (l-r):

Elizabeth Fulcher, Executive Director, Madison the City Chamber of Commerce
Jodi Maughon, Executive Director, Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Mina Thorgeson, Executive Director of Ridgeland Tourism Commission

Seated (l-r):

Betsy Nicholson, Director of Membership & Marketing, Madison County Chamber
of Commerce
Jan Collins, Executive Director, Madison County Business League & Foundation
Linda Bynum, Executive Director, Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce
Toya Veals, Executive Director, Canton Chamber of Commerce MainStreet
Association

Not pictured:

Casey Holcomb, Executive Director, Flora Area Chamber of Commerce
Jana Padgett, Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau

2014 Madison County Creative Economy Council

2014 Madison County Creative Economy

Seated (l-r):

Jan Collins, Madison County Business League & Foundation
Nancy Perkins, MS Craftsmen Guild
Mina Thorgeson, Ridgeland Tourism Commission
Gray Marchetti, Madison County Foundation

Standing (l-r):

Elizabeth Bryant, Madison the City Chamber of Commerce
Linda Bynum, Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce
JoAnn Gordon, Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau & Film Office
Susan Marquez, Susan Marquez Consulting
Jana Padgett, Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau & Film Office

Not shown:

Toya Veals, Canton Chamber Main Street Association
Lisa Bonds, Flora Area Chamber of Commerce
Jodi Maughon, Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Mary Beth Wilkerson, Ridgeland Tourism Commission

 

2013 Madison County Creative Economy Council

Front row (seated) Left to right:

Paige Petersen, Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Pam Mahony, Madison the City Chamber of Commerce
Jana Padgett, Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau & Film Office
Jan Collins, Madison County Business League
Lenita Knight, Madison County Economic Development Authority
Abby Lane, Flora Area Chamber of Commerce
Mina Thorgeson, Ridgeland Tourism Commission

Standing: l-r

Susan Marquez, Susan Marquez Consulting
Gray Marchetti, Madison County Foundation
JoAnn Gordon, Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau & Film Office
Jodi Maughon, Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Mary Beth Wilkerson, Ridgeland Tourism Commission

Not pictured:

Linda Bynum, Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce
Jordan Hillman, Canton Chamber of Commerce Main Street Association