Chandler Russ became Executive Director of Natchez Inc. in November of 2010. His previous experience includes Director of Existing Business and Industry for the Mississippi Development Authority, Economic Development Project Manager for the Mississippi Region for TVA (2004-08); Executive Director of the Brookhaven/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Foundation (2000-04), and Executive Director of the Nevada County Economic Development Office in Prescott, Arkansas.
Chandler is a native of Natchez. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in regional and community planning and a Master’s in economic and community development from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Prior to coming to Natchez Inc., Chandler has helped with over $6 billion dollars in new and expanding industrial projects, on a team that helped create over 23,000 jobs. He also has been involved in the construction of three new industrial parks, numerous community projects and private site location consulting.
Chandler has served on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Economic Development Council and TEAM Mississippi, an Advisory Board of the Mississippi Development Authority.
Chandler is married to Sarah Russ of Laurel. The Russ family resides in Natchez. They have two sons, Jack and Noah. Chandler is an accomplished golfer and enjoys reading and collecting presidential political pins.