Jake Nickens, M.S.
Economic Development Specialist
Jake Nickens joined the STEDF team in early 2017. He implements strategies to support and retain existing businesses in St. Tammany.
Prior to STEDF, Jake worked as an intern for an economic development agency in Mississippi, where he conducted research and engaged in marketing and business retention efforts. He also served as a data specialist for Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he monitored and updated budgets for every department in the hospital and projected financial expenditures.
In 2016, Jake earned a Master of Science in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. As a graduate student, Jake assisted the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, conducting research on trade, transportation and logistics, including economic impact analyses and regional industry overview reports.
Jake graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2015.