"The purpose of RANKIN FIRST is to combine the economic development efforts of Rankin County to create a comprehensive economic development organization with broad powers to be utilized in the effort to create a higher quality of life for the residents of Rankin County. Another purpose of RANKIN FIRST is to improve and better Rankin County as a place to live and earn a living..... The Rankin First Development Foundation, a 501(C)6 nonprofit corporation, was created to speed up projects needed in Rankin County to spur economic development. This organization exists solely to provide private participation into the county's economic development efforts. Members of the Foundation are at the forefront of the volunteer effort to move Rankin County forward. Membership in the Foundation automatically makes one a member of the Rankin County Chamber. Both the funds raised and the involvement of outstanding leaders helps to insure that a true public/private partnership exists in Rankin County, which insures continuity of the economic development effort and helps speed up and improve results."
More information can be found on the Rankin First website.