Holmes County Mississippi Economic Development Authority
Burns Development Group


"Future success belongs to those who are prepared."

Burns Development Group is a comprehensive consulting firm that utilizes innovative concepts of economic development for
communities and businesses.



Crown Cork and Seal Company, Inc. has utilized J.C. Burns and his group on several occasions over the last twenty years. We have found that his research is complete and on point, his recommendations address the alternatives correctly, and each project is completed on time. I am pleased to recommend J.C. Burns and his group for any business consulting needs.

William T. Gallagher
Senior Vice President

I have worked with J.C. Burns on perhaps thirty or more projects ranging over the entire spectrum of business issues. In each project he works diligently to be sure of success for those he represents. He has the rare ability to see the big picture while focusing on details. My recommendation to those needing the best in business consulting services is to retain J.C. Burns and Burns Development Group.

Bobby Baker, Mayor
City of Batesville, Mississippi

"I have never worked with a more effective economic development professional in my whole career. J.C. Burns is a businessman, turned developer. He understands the needs of business and he has an unusual ability to create teams that effectively deliver new jobs and extensive capital investment. J.C. proved that he can deliver with the Nissan Project. He led a competition that has now delivered 5,000 new jobs and $1.0 billion in capital investment. J.C. Burns is a rare find."

Malcolm Portera, Chancellor
The University of Alabama System

“Under J. C. Burns’ leadership the Mississippi Development Authority was named one of the top ten economic development agencies in North America by Site Selection Magazine. Applying that kind of vision and effectiveness to local and regional economic development organizations will allow a community to move ahead of its competitors and other groups vying for the same business.”

Dr. David Cole
Itawamba Community College President

"J. C. Burns has the insight and tenacity to
overcome the many hurdles and obstacles that make economic development a challenge.
A community's economic development goals are in very capable hands with J. C. Burns.”

Aubrey Patterson
BankcorpSouth Chairman & CEO



The Team

Leonard Morris

Toby Shenefelt

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