Mayor Darren Musselwhite

Southaven Chamber of Commerce

Southaven Business Beat Podcast from Southaven Chamber of Commerce
Southaven Business Beat
Mayor Darren Musselwhite

Host: Aaron Cozort

Guest: Mayor Darren Musselwhite


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The Southaven Business Beat podcast is sponsored by the DeSoto Athletic Club, a fitness destination in DeSoto County. The host, Aaron Cozort, interviews Mayor Musselwhite, who has been serving as the mayor of Southaven since 2013. Mayor Musselwhite discusses his background as a career insurance agent and his pride in the economic growth and development of Southaven during his tenure. He highlights the success of industrial developments and the attraction of major companies like Google, Medline, and Spectra Labs to the area. The mayor also mentions the improvements made to the parks and recreation programs in Southaven. He acknowledges the challenges of traffic but sees it as a positive indicator of the city’s desirability. The mayor discusses the West End District redevelopment plan, which aims to revitalize the original business district of Southaven. The plan includes incentives for businesses to return to the area and has had some success in attracting new businesses. The mayor emphasizes the importance of incentives and mentions that information about them can be obtained from the city clerk’s office and the Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Musselwhite shares his personal background, growing up in Southaven and becoming involved in politics to help the city. He expresses his satisfaction in being able to make positive changes and improvements as mayor. The podcast also features advertisements from sponsors such as the Follow app, Wisdom Integrators, and Pure Focus Media. The host and mayor discuss various ongoing projects in Southaven, including the expansion of the Lander Center, which will include a hotel and become the first convention center in Mississippi with an on-site hotel. The mayor mentions that there are no term limits for mayoral positions in municipalities and that he will decide whether to run for a fourth term in the future. Looking ahead to 2024, the mayor is excited about the continued development of parks, the growth of Silo Square, the economic opportunities in the Metro district, and the completion of the new fire station, which will improve the city’s fire rating and potentially lower insurance rates for businesses. The mayor also addresses the issue of crime, emphasizing that while growth can bring some crime, Southaven has been successful in controlling crime rates and ensuring that the city remains a safe and desirable place to live. The podcast concludes with a reminder to visit the Southaven Business Beat website for more episodes and information, and thanks the sponsors and the Southaven Chamber of Commerce for their support.

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Welcome to another insightful episode of Southaven Business Beat! In this episode, we had the privilege of sitting down with the esteemed Mayor of Southaven, Mississippi, Darren Musselwhite. Join us as Mayor Musselwhite delves into his remarkable background and highlights the accomplishments achieved during his tenure as the city’s mayor.

Our conversation with Mayor Musselwhite spans a range of topics, including his efforts in fostering economic development, spearheading impactful industrial projects, and overseeing significant enhancements in parks and recreation. A key focus of our discussion centers around the ambitious West End District redevelopment plan, designed to breathe new life into the original business district.

Mayor Musselwhite shares exciting updates on ongoing projects, such as the expansion of the Lander Center and the construction of a state-of-the-art fire station. Additionally, our conversation explores Southaven’s dedication to enhancing its parks, the development of Silo Square, and its proactive approach to attracting businesses to the thriving Metro district.

Tune in to discover how Southaven has successfully controlled crime rates, making it a safe and welcoming community. Mayor Musselwhite’s commitment to maintaining Southaven’s reputation as a fantastic place to live is evident throughout our engaging discussion.

Join us for this enlightening episode as we explore the dynamic initiatives and future plans that make Southaven, Mississippi, a beacon of progress under the leadership of Mayor Darren Musselwhite.


Mayor Musselwhite discusses his background and accomplishments during his tenure as the mayor of Southaven.

Highlights of his time in office include economic development, industrial projects, and improvements to parks and recreation.

The West End District redevelopment plan aims to revitalize the original business district of Southaven.

The city offers incentives for businesses, and the City Clerk’s office and Chamber of Commerce can provide information on these incentives.

Ongoing projects in Southaven include the expansion of the Lander Center and the construction of a new fire station.

Mayor Musselwhite may run for a fourth term in 2024.

The city is focused on improving parks, developing Silo Square, and attracting businesses to the Metro district.

The new fire station will improve the fire rating of the city, potentially lowering insurance rates for commercial buildings.

Southaven has been successful in controlling crime rates compared to neighboring cities.

The growth of Southaven is seen as a positive, and the city is committed to maintaining its status as a great place to live.


    1. Introduction (00:00 – 1:05)

    1. Interview with Mayor Musselwhite (01:05 – 2:35)

    1. Incentives for Businesses (2:35 – 7:25)

    1. Expansion of the Lander Center (7:25 – 9:00)

    1. Future Plans for Southaven (8:55 – 10:10)

    1. New Fire Station (10:10 – 12:30)

    1. Closing Remarks (12:30 – 13:45)

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