District Now Offering Economic Impact Studies ENTERGY MISSISSIPPI, INC.
CMPDD is now offering economic impact studies. These the rate of return and
studies are completed with the use of Total Impact, an payback period for
economic impact modeling software. Using the economic these public incentives. Impact Study
impact analysis software, the District is able to prepare a The Total Impact on the
report that can be used to determine the impact of companies model is designed to State of
moving in and out of a region. The report will show the direct analyze the impact that
and indirect economic impact of a business including: will be created by new Compiled by:
Planning & Development District
developments and the 1170 Lakeland Drive
• Number of new direct and indirect jobs created Post Office Box 4935
Jackson, MS 39296
expansion of existing Phone: 601-981-1511
• Salaries to be paid to these workers Fax: 601-981-1515
developments as op-
• Number of new residents expected in the area
posed to the impact of
• Taxable sales expected in the area
• Additional residential and commercial property added to
However, CMPDD can
local tax rolls, and
also create customized
• Other applicable impacts.
impact studies for established businesses that are not
Furthermore, the report will translate the annual revenues over expanding, but are interested in seeing their impact locally.
a ten year period for each local taxing district, including: More information will be provided in the coming months as
the District continues to expand its economic impact analysis
• Sales taxes
• Property tax on new residential and commercial properties
In June, the District prepared a customized economic
added to tax rolls
impact study for Entergy Mississippi, Inc. The study
• Hotel taxes
analyzed the economic impact created by Entergy
Corporation on the State of Mississippi. While certain
• School taxes, and
components of the study involved the use of Total Impact, the
• Other major taxes, user fees and charges for services.
overall model used for the study was created by CMPDD, as
The report can include, if applicable, “what-if” scenarios Entergy is already a well established business in Mississippi.
on possible levels of incentives that may be offered to the If you are interested in having an impact study, please
prospect. This could include projections of taxes abated and contact Lesley Callender or Kim Rodgers at 601-981-1511.
Public Invited for Input on LRTP Public Meeting
On April 7, 2010, a public meeting was held in
combination with a joint meeting of the Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO), Intermodal Technical Com-
mittee, and Stakeholders Committee. The public meeting was
in accordance with the Participation Plan for the Jackson
Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning Process,
adopted by the MPO in March 2008, which states that “public
meetings will be held in the beginning of the plan update
process to seek input regarding what (continued on page 2)
LRTP Public Meeting
(continued from front page)
the general public and other stakeholders
consider to be the greatest transportation
needs of the area.”
The District formally began an
update of the Long-Range Transporta-
tion Plan (LRTP) in February 2010, in
cooperation with the Mississippi De-
partment of Transportation (MDOT) and
the other state Metropolitan Planning
Organizations, the Hattiesburg MPO and
the Gulf Coast MPO.
The advertised meeting began at
5:00 P. M. and concluded at 7:00 P. M.,
with a brief formal presentation by
District staff at 5:30 P. M. Participants
were requested to complete a question-
naire which included four questions
regarding transportation planning and
needs of the area. The first question
asked participants to rank existing
transportation conditions in the area on a
scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “very followed with 9.25%saying they would
satisfied” and 5 being “dissatisfied.” spend the taxpayer money on improving
Conditions ranked included: traffic flow, traffic flow—limiting driveway curbcuts, • Widen MS Highway 22 from Edwards
highway and street condition, sidewalk median breaks, and coordination of to Canton
availability, public bus service, bicycle traffic signals). Only 5.74% of the • Widen I-20 to six lanes (add a lane in
paths availability and condition, amount respondents “voted” to give funds to each direction) to Vicksburg
of neighborhood traffic, road safety, and improvements to public transportation • “Implement a comprehensive
air quality. Not surprisingly, air quality (buses, bus stops, etc.). transportation plan in conjunction with a
received the greatest satisfaction rating, The third question asked partici- rezoning effort to address population
with 33.3% indicating they were very pants to list the most important growth and land use in a manner that
satisfied with the current air quality and transportation projects in the Jackson would actually require less roads and
only 6.6% indicating they were very Urbanized Area, and to be specific about lessen dependence on the car.”
dissatisfied with air quality. Bicycle the need for an improvement. Among The fourth question asked
paths and condition received the greatest the responses received were the follow- participants for suggestions on how to
unfavorable rating, with 39.9% indicat- ing identified needs: improve the public involvement process.
ing they were very unsatisfied with • Extend Reunion Parkway to I-55 One participant suggested more media
bicycle facilities. interchange and to Galleria Parkway (in coverage. Another suggested “asking
This was followed by highway and Madison) aldermen (councilmen) and counties to
street condition and sidewalk availabil- • Widen Mississippi Highway 463 to submit lists of their most vocal
ity and condition with 19.9% of four lanes to Reunion subdivision (in constituents—and mailing them (a
respondents indicating they were very Madison County) questionnaire) for a response. These are
unsatisfied with these facilities. • Completion of a multiuse (bicycle and the people they hear from 75% of the
The second question asked partici- pedestrian) trail from Clinton to the time and they will give you an honest
pants to divide $100 among transporta- Reservoir and open answer or suggestions.”
tion needs to reflect the relative • Improve sidewalks in Hinds County The LRTP update will result in
importance of each improvement. They • Improve bridges in Byram area production of a 2035 Jackson Urbanized
were told they could either allocate the • Funding and construction of East Area Transportation Plan, scheduled for
money to one need or spread it around. Brandon Bypass completion by March 31, 2011. When
Most respondents (28.70%) allocated • Widen I-55-South to six lanes (add a the draft plan is available, several public
most of the taxpayer money to improve- lane in each direction) to Crystal Springs meetings will be held to obtain com-
ment of road conditions (fix potholes, • Construct another interchange on I-55 ments from the public before the plan is
resurface, signage and other). This was south of Byram considered for adoption by the MPO.
Property Tax Study Completed for Jackson
Business Improvement District (BID) Aerial photo
CMPDD recently completed a map, a property tax
property tax study of the Business payment status map, a
Improvement District (BID) in the City public/private status
T E S T.
of Jackson for the Downtown Jackson map, and a parking
Partners. The report detailed property map. The report also
N . S TA
tax data for all parcels within the BID identified the amount C A P ITO
L S T.
that pay an assessment for landscape of receivables for
improvements, which is allocated to Downtown Jackson
Downtown Jackson Partners. In Partners, as well as
addition to collecting property tax data identified the amount of
on each parcel, several maps were property that has shifted
produced such as an assessed parcels from private to public property
within the BID over the last five
years, which was of particular interest.
PLANNING NEWS growth has changed the risks faced by
residents from natural hazards.
City of Byram Everyone that lives in this region
CMPDD is in the process of has been affected at some point by
preparing the City of Byram’s natural hazards, whether it was a large
Zoning Ordinance. It will be the winter storm that produced freezing rain,
city’s first Zoning Ordinance. or a smaller localized weather event such
Prior to this, Byram was covered as lightning that has caused property
by the Hinds County Zoning damage. The frequency and severity of
Ordinance. Byram has already future weather events is difficult to
adopted a Comprehensive Plan, Hazard Mitigation predict, but trends show extreme
as required by state law, prior to
preparation of the Zoning Ordi-
Planning Update weather patterns are on the rise. In
addition, the costs associated with
nance. Additionally, an official Hazard Mitigation is defined as any disaster response and recovery are also
Zoning Map will also be pre- sustained action taken to reduce or on the rise, which has lead federal, state,
pared. The Zoning Ordinance eliminate long-term risk to life and and local entities to focus their attention
and Map will soon be ready for property from natural hazards. In 2005, on addressing the effects of natural
review by the city. the District partnered with each of its hazards before they occur. Obviously,
cities and counties to develop a Hazard torrential downpours and tornadoes
City of Flowood Mitigation Plan for their jurisdiction. cannot be prevented from occurring;
CMPDD is in the process of Each plan developed identified specific however, planning for natural hazards
updating the City of Flowood’s hazards threatening the area, character- and implementing mitigation practices
Comprehensive Plan. To date, ized the area’s vulnerability to those can significantly reduce the negative
the District has completed drafts hazards, and outlined an action plan of impact of such events when they do
of the existing land use map, the projects and/or programs that can be occur.
future land use map, and the implemented to address the specific Over the last few months, the
goals and objectives, and has vulnerabilities identified. Now as part of District has submitted two revised
submitted them to the city for the required five-year update, the Mitigation Plans which included six
review. Meanwhile, the remain- District is assisting local jurisdictions to jurisdictions to the Mississippi Emer-
ing three elements of the Plan are update and revise the twenty-seven gency Management Agency (MEMA)
being prepared. It is anticipated hazard mitigation plans that were for approval. In addition, four other
that the entire update will be developed in 2005. The update process, draft plans have been developed and are
completed and adopted by the which is required by Federal regulations, now awaiting public comments before
city this fall. will determine if any significant changes they are submitted to MEMA for
in the environment or the region’s approval.
go CMPDD and Jackson Developing Economic Development
Strategy for the Highway 80 Corridor
CMPDD is assisting the City of Jackson in the Phase Three (Marketing Plan) tasks presently underway
development of an Economic Development Strategy for the include a website, monthly newsletters, and graphic design. A
Highway 80 Corridor, stretching from the Pearl River to the website has been developed and monthly electronic
City of Clinton. The Economic Development Strategy will newsletters are circulated, both of which keep the community
provide the City with a comprehensive plan for the informed as the Strategy is being developed. The website
redevelopment of and reinvestment in the economically address is www.jacksonms.gov/home/hwy80/index.html and
challenged Corridor, which includes the Metrocenter Mall. can also be accessed from the City of Jackson’s homepage.
The Strategy is being developed in three phases: Additionally, research is being conducted to identify how
other communities marketed similar redevelopment and
• Phase One: Land Use and Infrastructure Inventory reinvestment projects, and marketing materials are being
• Phase Two: Concept and Economic Development Plan developed.
• Phase Three: Marketing Plan To request more information or provide input, please
contact Gray Ouzts at email@example.com or 601-981-1511
These phases will also become the structure of the document.
ext. 249. An update on the Strategy and CMPDD’s efforts will
CMPDD has completed Phase One (Land Use and
be included in future editions of the Central Update.
Infrastructure Inventory) and has begun work on Phases Two
(Concept and Economic Development Plan) and Three
During Phase One, two public forums/focus group
meetings were held, a questionnaire was distributed to over Jackson City Planning
500 business owners, employees, and residents, and
interviews of business owners were conducted. Additionally,
Director Inducted Into American
an inventory of all existing land use, businesses, building
conditions, and all infrastructure located within the Corridor
AICP College of Fellows Planners
was completed. Corinne Fox, Director of Planning for the City of
Phase Two tasks, including concept and economic Jackson, was inducted into the elite membership of the
development plans, are underway. CMPDD has completed American Institute of Certified Planners’ College of Fellows
and received approval from the City on an initial draft of the at a recent black-tie ceremony held in conjunction with the
future land use plan and has presented zoning recommenda- American Planning Association’s (APA) 2010 National
tions. Work has also begun on concept plans and renderings Planning Conference in New Orleans. “The AICP College of
for proposed redevelopment along the Corridor to include Fellows recognizes individuals who’ve made exceptional
several mixed use developments to feature entertainment, contributions to the planning profession,” said AICP
shopping, and offices, a linear park along Lynch Creek, and a President Paul Inghram, AICP. “The Fellows have devoted
bike trail. All recommendations and concept plans are based their careers to excellence in planning and they set the highest
on inventory data and requests from the business owners and standards for professional planners today,” he added.
residents, in combination with population, socioeconomic Election to the Fellowship may be granted to planners who
demographics, employment data, workforce development have been longtime members of AICP and have demonstrated
opportunities, and established cluster data. excellence whether in professional practice, teaching and
mentoring, research, or community service and leadership.
There are approximately 16,500 AICP members and only
approximately 400 have achieved this recognition.
Ms. Fox was the first woman to graduate from the
University of Mississippi’s Master of Urban and Regional
Planning program, and she established the first female owned
planning firm in Mississippi. Her consulting work positively
impacted over four dozen cities and towns across the state. In
1996 she left consulting for the City of Jackson where she
worked on developing the groundbreaking 1999 Comprehen-
sive Plan, the first to incorporate all aspects of the community
in the planning process. She also wrote a downtown strategic
plan for the city that today is guiding $2 billion in private and
public investments. As the city’s Director of Planning, she
Public forum/focus group meeting continues to improve the quality of life in Jackson.
CMPDD Finance Director Retires
Dan Dan Thompson, CMPDD’s
Thompson Director of Finance and Person-
nel, retired on June 30 after a
distinguished career of thirty-
four years. District CEO Clarke
Holmes announced Dan’s retire-
ment at the June Board of
Director’s meeting and thanked
him for his outstanding dili- CMPDD staff are continuing to assist local
gence, leadership, efficiency, governments to obtain grant funds from the
and integrity. Economic Development Administration(EDA). These
In recognizing Mr. funds are used to support job creation and private
Thompson’s many accomplish- investment that will stimulate economic develop-
ments, Mr. Holmes said, “I ment in low income and high unemployment areas.
continue to be very proud of the Over the last few months, the District has been
fiscal integrity of our organiza- working with the City of Jackson, the Town of
tion and it is a credit to Dan’s Puckett, and the City of Yazoo City to develop
intelligence and competency. projects. District staff are also coordinating efforts
He is leaving behind a structure, between the regional EDA office in Atlanta and the
staff, and management system recently funded projects of Copiah County, the
Dan began his career at that will carry out his legacy at Mississippi Technology Alliance, and the Jackson
CMPDD in 1976 as an the Central Mississippi Planning
Municipal Airport Authority.
accountant. and Development District.” He
further remarked that over the last 34 years, there had not been
a single audit finding which was a direct result of Mr.
Thompson’s management of the hundreds of budgets the
District handles each year. Mayor Knox Ross, President of the EECBG Applications Submitted
CMPDD Board of Directors, congratulated Dan on his
retirement and on behalf of the entire Board thanked him for Through Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant
his invaluable contribution to the District’s success. (EECBG) funding, the Mississippi Development Authority-
On the day of his retirement, District staff hosted a Energy Division will provide grants to cities and counties that
luncheon for Dan and thanked him for his many contributions, did not receive direct EECBG allocations from the
his leadership, guidance, and friendship. Dan Thompson’s Department of Energy. Grants funded through this program
presence will be greatly missed, but his strong system of fiscal may be used for projects that reduce total energy consumption
management remains to guide the District in the future. through expanded energy efficiencies, deploy commercially
available renewable systems, and/or replace existing city or
county owned street lighting. CMPDD submitted the
following four EECBG applications:
• The City of Brandon requested $50,245 to reduce total
District Hosts First Meeting energy consumption for four (4) publicly owned buildings
of CMPDD Area’s City Clerks located in the City of Brandon. These building are Fire
Stations # 1 & 3, the Police Department, and the City Library.
The District hosted an initial City Clerks • The City of Crystal Springs requested $81,142 for energy
meeting to allow the Clerks in the CMPDD area the efficient improvements to the following six (6) public
opportunity to discuss common goals, issues, and buildings: City Hall, City Library, Water Department, Water
concerns, as well as to share best practices. Treatment Plant, Visitor Center, and Fire Department.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the City • The City of Hazlehurst requested $51,364.20 for energy
Clerks decided to have quarterly meetings. efficient improvements to the following four (4) public
CMPDD will serve as staff for the group and buildings: City Hall, City Library, Police Station, and Fire
coordinate future meetings. If you have any Station #2.
questions concerning the City Clerks meeting, • The Town of Pelahatchie requested $88,370 for energy
please contact Mitzi Stubbs at 601-981-1511 efficient improvements to the following five (5) public
buildings: City Hall, Public Library, Police Station, Volunteer
Fire Department, and Public Works.
RIP Applications Approved
The Mississippi Development Authority recently approved
Rural Impact Program (RIP) applications that CMPDD had
submitted on behalf of the City of Magee and Copiah County.
The City of Magee received $100,000 in RIP funds to
make drainage improvements to support the location of the
Medical Towers of Tuscan Court to the area. The company has
committed to invest over $4 million toward construction and
related equipment and to create a minimum of 45 new full-time
jobs at the new facility. The City will provide $3,500 in
Copiah County received $150,000 in RIP funds, to be
used with DIP funds of $323, 580 and the County’s committed
match of $43,500 to fund this project. The project is The City of Magee used $100,000 in RIP funds for drainage
construction of sanitary sewer line relocation and truck area improvements to support the location of the Medical Towers of
improvements to support the expansion of DG Foods, LLC, an Tuscan Court, shown under construction, to the area, creating
existing industry in Copiah County Industrial Park in Gallman, a minimum of 45 new full-time jobs.
MS. The company has committed to create a minimum of 140
new full time jobs and invest $4,500,000 into construction and existing business located or to be located in or within five miles
related equipment. of a rural community. Eligible grant projects financed
RIP is designed to assist and promote businesses and through RIP must be publicly owned. As the RIP program is
economic development in rural areas by providing grants of up intended to stimulate job creation and economic development
to $150,000 to rural communities, defined as municipalities in rural communities, all eligible projects must have a direct
with a population of 10,000 or less, or counties with a connection in creating jobs. All projects funded should create
population of 30,000 or less. A rural business is a new or a minimum of ten (10) new full-time jobs.
DIP Application Approved for Copiah County
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) recently promote economic growth in Mississippi. They are
approved a Development Infrastructure Program (DIP) encouraged to use these funds in connection with other State
application that CMPDD submitted on behalf of Copiah and Federal programs. DIP grants can not exceed $150,000
County requesting $323,580 to partially fund sanitary sewer and the funding is derived from the issuance of State bonds.
line relocations and truck area improvements to support the MDA will release DIP funds on a reimbursement basis for
expansion of DG Foods, LLC, an existing industry in the approved eligible costs as incurred, and local governments
Copiah County Industrial Park in Gallman, MS. The company have 1 year from the date of the executed grant agreement to
has committed to create a minimum of 140 new full time jobs request reimbursement for DIP project costs.
and invest $4,500,000 into construction and related equipment Projects must be directly related to the construction,
at the location. renovation, or expansion of a new or expanded industry.
DIP is designed for making grants or loans to counties or Eligible projects financed with DIP funds must be publicly
municipalities to finance small infrastructure projects to owned.
CDBG Economic Development Application Approved for Copiah County
MDA recently approved a CDBG Economic Develop- Copiah County will provide $49,000 as matching funds.
ment Public Improvements application submitted by the The CDBG Economic Development program provides
District for Copiah County in the amount of $441,000 to grants to local governments for construction of public
partially fund construction of an access road and erosion improvements or loans necessary to secure the location or
improvements to support the expansion of CCI, an existing expansion of business or industry in Mississippi. The purpose
industry in the Hazlehurst Industrial Park. CCI has committed of the program is to assist projects that create new job
to create a minimum of 25 new full-time jobs and will provide opportunities for citizens of Mississippi, especially those from
an investment of $300,000 toward this project. In addition, low to moderate income families.
Capitol Improvements Program (CAP) Loan Approved for Clinton
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) recently in connection with state and federal programs, and the funds
approved a Capitol Improvements Program (CAP) loan for loans are derived from the issuance of state bonds.
application submitted by the District for the City of Clinton in The cumulative maximum loan amount for any eligible
the amount of $1,000,000 to fund the construction of water and local unit of government during a calendar year is $1,000,000
wastewater improvements. for tax-exempt and taxable loans. The minimum loan amount
The Local Government CAP was enacted by the State allowed per project is $30,000. The maximum CAP loan
Legislature and is designed for making loans to counties or indebtedness allowed per applicant is $2,500,000 outstanding
municipalities to finance capital improvements in Mississippi. principal balance. For more information or to apply for a CAP
Counties and municipalities are encouraged to use these loans loan you may contact Mitzi Stubbs 601-981-1511.
District Submits CDBG Public Facilities Applications
The CDBG Public Facility Program provides grant funds eliminate existing health and safety hazards
to local units of government for a variety of public Over the past months, the District has assisted local
improvement projects (e.g., water or sewer facilities, storm governments with preparation of CDBG Public Facility
drainage, public buildings, street reconstruction, etc) that Applications. In May, the District submitted the following ten
benefit low and moderate income families and areas. Special (10) applications to the Mississippi Development Authority for
priority is given to water and sanitary sewer projects that review.
SUBMITTED CDBG PUBLIC FACILITIES APPLICATIONS
Community Project Description Funds_ Funds_
Town of Bolton Water System Improvements $371,806 $ N/A
City of Byram Sanitary Sewer System for Underserved Area 600,000 600,000
Copiah County Construction of an Emergency 600,000 188,000
Management Agency Building
Town of Edwards Water System Improvements 281,695 N/A
City of Flowood Sanitary Sewer System for Underserved Area 353,305 353,306
City of Hazlehurst Sanitary Sewer System Improvements 265,200 265,200
City of Pearl Construction of a Senior Center Facility 600,000 1,220,267
Town of Pelahatchie Sanitary Sewer System Improvements 450,000 N/A
Town of Terry Sanitary System Improvements 450,000 150,000
Yazoo County Water System Improvements 350,625 350,625
newspapers, and working closely with the Mississippi
Rural Renewal Community Report Association of CPAs Society. The second part of the report
describes the compliance of state and local governments’
Recently, CMPDD submitted to the U.S. Dept. of commitments made during the application phase of this
Housing and Urban Development a two-part report to project.
maintain Mississippi’s Rural Renewal Community Designa- Mississippi’s Renewal Community Designation covers
tion for 2009. The Implementation Plan, which is the first part, 13 counties and 30 municipalities. The incentives that are
entails the District’s efforts to market the program to eligible offered through this program include: Wage Credits of up to
businesses. These marketing efforts consisted of conducting $1,500, an Increased Section 179 Deduction, a Commercial
community workshops, issuing press releases in numerous Revitalization Deduction, and Capital Gains Exclusions.
2010 MAPDD Annual Conference A Success
Joel Bomgar, CEO of Bomgar Corp.
MS Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman, featured speaker at the Wednesday Luncheon
The Mississippi Association of
Planning and Development Districts
(MAPDD) Annual Conference was held Alan Lange, co-author of King of Torts
in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Beau Rivage
Hotel on April 20 - 23. Speakers and
discussion panels focused on finding
available opportunities during challeng-
ing economic times. Sessions were
presented dealing with everything from Secretary Hoseman at the session on
human services and child care programs county and municipal redistricting
to workforce initiatives to economic and
community development, grants for Mississippi’s vote, managing state lands, Jere Nash (l) and Andy Taggart (r)
governmental entities, workforce devel- and making Mississippi a more business- authors of Mississippi Fried Politics
opment, statewide planning initiatives, friendly state. Secretary Hosemann also
GIS applications, loan resources, and provided information to county and city
project development. officials regarding redistricting require-
The conference began on Tuesday, ments resulting from the 2010 Census.
April 20th with a golf tournament The afternoon was filled with
sponsored by Valley Services, Inc., concurrent sessions dealing with
schooner cruises sponsored by Venture childcare programs; budgeting pro-
Technology, and a welcome reception cesses and audit requirements; workforce MML/MAS update
that evening also sponsored by Valley development; zoning; and elder care.
Services, Inc. The day concluded with a poolside sippi politics and discussing their book
The opening session of the confer- reception overlooking the Gulf. Mississippi Fried Politics: Tall Tales
ence was Wednesday morning and was Thursday morning began with from the Back Rooms.
keynoted by Alan Lange, who co- sessions dealing with developing suc- The conference concluded Thurs-
authored the “Kings of Torts.” The book cessful projects using various funding day evening with a Gala Reception that
chronicles the rise and consequent sources; financial planning; elder care; night with musical entertainment by the
downward spiral of Mississippi trial and workforce development. The band, Coup D’Belle.
lawyer Dickie Scruggs and his accom- luncheon speaker was Mississippi na- The Mississippi Association of
plices. Updates were provided to the tive, Joel Bomgar, the CEO of Bomgar Planning and Development Districts
attendees by both George Lewis with the Corporation, a company that is now invites you to make your plans to be a
Mississippi Municipal League and recognized as one of the 10 fastest- part of all the educational and network-
Derrick Surrette with the Mississippi growing software companies in Ameri- ing opportunities provided during their
Association of Supervisors. The group can and is ranked 28th on the Deloitte’s annual conference next year. Plans are
was then addressed by Secretary of State Technology Fast 500 annual list. The underway for next year’s conference to
Delbert Hosemann who spoke about his concluding session featured Andy be held April 26-29, 2011 at the Beau
job of ensuring the integrity of Taggart and Jere Nash talking Missis- Rivage in Biloxi.
MAS Regional Meeting at CMPDD
CMPDD was host to the Mississippi Association of
Supervisors’ (MAS) Regional Meeting on May 12, 2010. The
meeting was attended by MAS staff and Board members,
District staff, Supervisors from the District’s seven county
area, State agency personnel and State Legislators. The
meeting was held to provide a legislative update to supervisors
and to elect members to various Committees of the
making presentations during workshops; participating in
MAS & MML Summer Conferences round table discussions; staffing the Planning Developing
District staff recently attended the Mississippi Associa- District exhibit booth; assisting with conference registration;
tion of Supervisors and the Mississippi Municipal League and hosting a hospitality room. These conferences offer the
Summer Conferences which were held in Biloxi, MS. Staff opportunity to learn more about issues of concern to District
participated in every aspect of each of the conferences members and provide them with the many options available to
including attending various workshops and general sessions; them through the Planning and Development District.
George Smith, President of the Central Mississippi Mr. Smith further noted that the interest rate on business
Development Company, Inc. (CMDC), announced approval of loans from the CMDC remain extremely low. The interest rate
following two new loans: on the 10 and 20 year SBA 504 debentures are:
• Longview Properties, LLC d/b/a Zaxby’s for $817,600 of
a $2,044,000 project under the U. S. Small Business TERM (YEARS) INTEREST RATE
Administration’s (SBA) 504 Loan Program. The loan 10 (May 2010) 4.61%
proceeds will be used to purchase land and construct a new 20 (June 2010) 5.29%
Zaxby’s Restaurant in Columbus, Mississippi and will create
approximately thirty-six (36) new jobs.
CMDC is certified by the U. S. Small Business
• Farish Street Group 2, LLC for $1,000,000 of a $1,151,979
Administration and works in cooperation with local banks and
project under the Farish Street Historic District Loan Program.
other financial institutions in providing debt capital for small
The loan proceeds will be used to rehabilitate the historic
building located at 207 Farish Street in the Farish Street
The District manages the Minority Business Enterprise
Entertainment District in Jackson, Mississippi. This building
Loan Program (MBELP), which is administered by the
will be a Rooster’s Dance Club.
Mississippi Development Authority, which recognizes the
District as a “Qualified Entity” to originate and service loans
under MBELP. The interest rate on loans made through this
program cannot exceed two percentage points above or below
the Federal Reserve discount rate, which is 0.75% at the
present time. Therefore, a minority owned business can obtain
a business loan at a fixed rate of at 2.75% per annum for a term
up to 15 years depending on the use of the loan proceeds. The
District specializes in structuring loans for minority owned
businesses (MBE/WBE) and businesses involved in exporting.
Bankers, commercial loan officers, real estate developers,
contractors, and others interested in locking up extremely low
fixed interest rates on business loans are encouraged to call
Artist’s rendering of the Farish Street Historic District project. Larry Anderson or Dwayne Perkins at 601-981-1625.
Mississippi Small Business Assistance Loans Approved
Frank Street, Chairman of the District’s Mississippi • Republic Street Foods, LLC d/b/a Pizza Place at Lost
Small Business Assistance Loan Program (MSBALP) Review Rabbit for $151,050 of a $375,000 project under the
Board, announced approval of the following three (3) new Mississippi Small Business Assistance Loan Program. The
loan applications: loan proceeds will be used to establish and operate a new pizza
restaurant at Lost Rabbit in Madison County.
• CYTEC Corporation for $275,000 of a $305,000 project
The Rural Business Enterprise Loan Program can provide
under the Rural Business Enterprise Loan Program. The loan
financial assistance to small businesses that foster economic
proceeds will be used to provide wireless broadband
development through the creation of new jobs. Loans are now
internet access for
available for terms up to fifteen (15) years at an annual interest
rate as low as 3.00%.
The Mississippi Small Business Assistance Loan Program
residents in Yazoo
can provide financial assistance to small businesses that foster
economic development through the creation of new jobs.
• Senior Living Services d/b/a LaDora Acres for $125,000 Loans are now available for terms up to fifteen (15) years at an
of a $250,000 project under the Rural Business Enterprise annual interest rate as low as 5.00%.
Loan Program. The loan proceeds will be used to expand an Please contact Thelman Larry Anderson or Dwayne
existing senior living facility in the City of Magee. Perkins at 601-981-1511 for more information.
SMW Operates Summer STEPS Program for Youth
Southcentral Mississippi Works, in conjunction with the The Summer STEPS
Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the Program is funded by
Mississippi Department of Human Services, is operating a American Recovery and
summer subsidized work program for youth ages 18 – 24. The Reinvestment Act funds appropriated to the Mississippi TANF
program places eligible youth into jobs paying $8.00 per hour (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) program. The
for up to 320 hours over the summer. program will operate from June 1 – September 30, 2010.
To be eligible, a youth must be a U.S. citizen and resident Based on the $2.1 million dollars allocated to the Southcentral
of the local work-force area; be a member of a family with at Mississippi Works area, it is anticipated that approximately
least one dependent child under the age of 18 or be a dependent 600 youth will be served.
child themselves; and have a family income at or below 250% The Mississippi Department of Employment Security
of the Federal Poverty Level. manages the delivery of services to area youth. The
The Summer STEPS 2010 initiative differs from the established WIN Center network recruits and certifies youth,
traditional Federal summer program in that a) summer as well as establishes worksites with local employers.
internships with tax paying, private businesses are the first Employers participating in the Summer STEPS program will
priority, b) growth sectors such as health care and technology provide meaningful work opportunities and supervision of the
are the second priority, and c) long term unsubsidized, youth workers. The Summer STEPS program directly pays the
continued employment is the third priority. No public participants and provides Workers’ Compensation coverage.
worksites, other than hospitals, can serve as worksites. This Potentially eligible youth and employers wishing to serve
approach will help grow real jobs, giving employers the full as worksites should contact their nearest WIN Job Center to
benefit of the funding. apply.
District Maintains Waiting List for Child Care Services
The District maintains a waiting list of eligible families deployed parents, and parents enrolled in an approved
who qualify for child care assistance but can’t receive it due to educational or training program.
a lack of available funds. This list is maintained as part of the Presently, the District has over 400 children on the
District’s contractual agreement with the Mississippi waiting list and the number continues to increase daily.
Department of Human Services – Office for Children & Parents placed on the waiting list are advised of their status and
Youth. It does not include TANF (Temporary Assistance for will receive notification and assistance as soon as funds
Needy Families) or TCC (Transitional Child Care) become available.
participants, as these individuals are entitled to receive these For more information concerning child care services,
services based on TANF guidelines. The District’s waiting list please contact the District’s Child Care Department at 1-866-
is comprised of working parents, teen parents, foster parents, 981-1511.
District Senior Honored as MS
Distinguished Older American
Perry Robinson, a longtime resident of the Georgetown
Community in the City of Jackson, was recently honored as
Mississippi’s Distinguished Older American at a recent
ceremony sponsored by Mississippi Department of Human
Services/Division of Aging and Adult Services in observance
of Older Americans Month. The theme for this year’s Older
Americans Month was “Age Strong! Live Long!”
Mr. Robinson was born on July 2, 1926 in Bolton and
attended Hinds County public schools. He attended Campbell
Junior College and has been a resident of the Capitol City since L-R: Dan George, Executive Director of the MDHS Division of
1946. He has lived in Jackson’s Georgetown Community Aging and Adult Services, Perry Robinson, Mississippi’s
since 1954. Over the years he has witnessed an exodus of Distinguished Older American, and Bettye Burgess, CMPDD
families moving out of the community and an increase in Aging Director, smile as Mr. Robinson receives a plaque
crime. Seeing the quality of life of his community steadily honoring his years of community service.
declining, Robinson felt a call to action and he led an
aggressive fight to take back the community from crime. He Don Thompson, Executive Direc-
helped to organize the Georgetown Community Association tor of MDHS; State Representative
which has led to improved infrastructure in the community, Credell Calhoun, and friends and
lobbied to get several streets in his community resurfaced, and members of the Robinson family.
brought back a sense of pride and success to his community. Presentations were made by Dan
At the age of 84, he continues as the leader of this Association. George,of MDHS, Bettye Burgess
The Division of Aging and Adult Services sought of CMPDD, and Valley Manage-
nominations from the ten Area Agencies on Aging across the ment Services.
state. Hinds County Supervisor Peggy Calhoun submitted the
nomination of Mr. Robinson to CMPDD and attended the Right: Hinds County Sup. Peggy
ceremony to witness his recognition. Other attendees include Calhoun nominated Mr. Robinson.
MCCQSS and MSCCR&R Meet with Warren County Child Care Providers
Representatives with the Mississippi Child Care Quality Professional Development, Learning Environments, Parent
Step System (MCCQSS) and Mississippi Child Care Resource Involvement, and Evaluation. Centers that earn between a 2 to
& Referral (MSCCR&R) Network met with child care 5 star rating receive a financial bonus of 7% to 25% for each
providers in Warren County to discuss their programs and child who participates in the certificate program. These
answer questions. bonuses are based on daily tuition rates for children by age
MCCQSS is a rating system offered through the range. Providers were informed of what to expect during the
Mississippi Department of Human Services/Office for monitoring visit and during the evaluations once they enroll in
Children and Youth. The system is completely voluntary and the program.
is designed to rate the quality of early care and education The MSCCR&R representative gave an overview of this
programs in the following five areas: Administrative Policy, program which provides free professional development
training, educational services, and materials for parents,
families, early care and education providers, and community
leaders. MSCCR&R encourages continuing education to
increase the quality of early childhood education throughout
the state. Educational materials and training are offered face-
to-face, as well through the internet, and include the
opportunity for one-on-one technical assistance at a childcare
center. This free service is made possible by the relationship
between Mississippi’s community colleges and the Missis-
sippi State University Extension Service.
L-R: Eileen Beazley, MSCCR&R, and Shelley Ezelle,MCCQSS, For information concerning these programs, contact
speak to Warren County child care providers. Carolyn Johnson-Boutte’ at 1-866-981-1511.
CMPDD Aging Director Bettye Burgess, at the podium, announces the launch of
Mississippi’s first official website for seniors, www.MississippiGetHelp.org, at an
Older Americans Month event at the Jackson Medical Mall. Mississippi GetHelp display at the event
CMPDD Launches GetHelp Website for Seniors information to begin the process of
locating help on behalf of the caller.
Mississippi’s official website for with questions about available services Follow-up with the callers is critical to
seniors is www.MississippiGetHelp.org in Central Mississippi.” the success of this service. Planning is
which provides the public with access to Over the past several years, staff at underway for additional ADRCs to serve
an up-to-date source of information CMPDD have worked to establish the the needs of seniors across the remainder
regarding supportive services in central best resource database for seniors and of Mississippi.
Mississippi. CMPDD announced the use disabled adults in the state under a grant Anyone interested in having a
of the site to the public on May 13, 2010 from the Centers for Medicare and speaker address a group about the ADRC
at an event celebrating Older Americans Medicaid Services and the federal or other aging programs, please contact
Month which was held at the Jackson Administration on Aging. In partnership Bettye Burgess at 601-981-1511.
Medical Mall. More than 50 exhibitors with MDHS/Division of Aging and
and numerous seniors attended the Adult Services, CMPDD has the distinc-
ceremony. tion of being Mississippi’s first and CMPDD BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The website is internet-based and presently it’s only Aging and Disability
can be accessed from anywhere in the Resource Center (ADRC). This means Knox Ross, President
country. “We expect seniors, family that the District’s Resource Center Arthur Evans, Vice-President
members, social workers, and other serves as a “single point of entry” for James Archer, Secretary-Treasurer
professionals to utilize the site to locate access to information for long-term care
help and assistance for their clients or supportive services in the seven counties F. Clarke Holmes
Chief Executive Officer
loved ones,” says F. Clarke Holmes, that it serves. Seniors who call 1-888-
CMPDD’s Chief Executive Officer. 995-9925 will speak to an Information Volume 25 Number 3
“The website will be helpful for anyone Specialist who will collect appropriate
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