With Swoope leaving, Speed returns to Mississippi Development Authority

By NEMS Daily Journal


JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour announced today that Jackson real estate developer Leland R. Speed will return to lead the Mississippi Development Authority for the remainder of the governor’s term.
Speed replaces Gray Swoope, who will lead a Florida economic development agency.
Speed, who will return to MDA on March 21, served as executive director from 2004 to 2006.
“The return of Leland Speed to lead MDA will ensure a seamless transition and strong leadership for an agency with such an important task in these difficult economic times: Creating Mississippi jobs,” Barbour said. “Leland is an exceptional business leader who knows the needs of the private sector. I appreciate his dedication to public service.”
Speed is chairman of EastGroup Properties, a real estate investment trust, and chairman of Parkway Properties. He also serves as chairman of Delta Industries.