Economic development means economic diversity. Jackson County is home to great major industrial companies like Huntington-Ingalls, Chevron, Signal International, First Chemical and others. In order for South Mississippi to be competitive in the world job market we must be forward thinking and diversify our job base to attract new, modern jobs and increase demand for our small businesses and retail sectors. Financial advisors stress the importance of diversity in individuals' and businesses portfolios to increase wealth and minimize downturns. Similarly, a diversified job and industrial base will bring in better jobs, better pay and better educational opportunities.