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Public Policy Leadership
This thesis investigates the automotive industry within Mississippi through a Global Value Chain lens. Through interviews conducted with economic developers affiliated with Nissan and Toyota’s recruitment, this thesis highlights the effect these final assembly plants on local economic development and the role these economic developers play in their recruitment. The automobile industry within Mississippi behaves much like the automobile industry elsewhere within the world as they tend to locate near final markets, drive the co-location of suppliers, and remain long-lived institutions in the community. This thesis also illuminates the role of state and local actors in recruiting the automotive industry. State and local actors actively increase the value of industrial sites through pre-development in order to make their site more “valuable” in the eyes of automobile firms, and these actors also play important roles in showcasing the unique advantages of their sites and facilitating cooperation.
Palmertree, Mitchell, "The Role of Automotive Value Chains in the Development Patterns of Mississippi" (2021). Honors Theses. 1673.
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