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					                                                                                                                                      JULY 2010

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
                                                                                                An Economic
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:
                                                                                                       Central Mississippi
                                                                                                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
                                                                  established businesses.
• 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
• Utilities
                                                                  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
                                                                                                          HIGH S
Business Improvement District (BID)      Aerial photo
                                           of BID

     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 gouzts@cmpdd.org 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
(Marketing Plan).
     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
                                                                                                                      Institute of
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
matching funds.
     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.

                                                                                               CDBG             Matching
       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
                                                                         Supervisors Association.

                                                                         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%.
governments, and
                                                                              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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