Why Starkville

Starkville and Oktibbeha County are excellent places for your business to locate or expand.

Top 10 advantages:

  1. Starkville is home to Missisippi State University, widely respected for its expertise and research in areas relevant to business and industry.
  2. The local business climate is vigorous and diverse, with a highly educated labor force and an unemployment rate half of the U.S. average.
  3. Community and local governments are supportive of new or expanding businesses and industries.
  4. Sites and buildings are available in two industrial parks and other areas of the community.
  5. Convenient, efficient transportation routes provide ready access to major markets in the U.S. and around the world.
  6. Valuable incentives, including loans, grants, and tax abatements, are available at state and local levels.
  7. The area’s work force is adaptable, productive, and well trained.
  8. Specialized work force training is available from the community college system and high school vocational centers.
  9. The community offers affordable living and access to shopping, dining, sports, and cultural events typical of much larger communities.
  10. The Greater Starkville Development Partnership provides a wide variety of services to assist new and expanding businesses.


  • Ranked 3rd as a “University Town that Has Its Act Together” in the 17-state southern U.S. region
  • Ranked as a Top 10 location in the South for emerging growth companies
  • Cited by the USEPA as one of the top 40 cities to be recognized as a “Smart Growth” city
  • Voted a Top 100 small community in terms of new businesses and expansion of existing businesses
  • Recognized as one of the most affordable and best value college towns in the nation in 2006