Local Government Assistance

Planning and Strategic Development

The Economic Workforce Development Division provides on-going assistance to cities and counties with economic development and strategic planning initiatives.  SMPDD puts together a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region every five years.  While the CEDS is a regional economic development plan for 15 counties and 38 municipalities, it can serve as a framework for local initiatives as well as help communities assess and prioritize their needs, set their goals and implement a plan of action.  SMPDD can also customize strategic planning for a specific jurisdiction.

Planning services provided by SMPDD include:

  • Comprehensive Plans
  • Hazard Mitigation Plans
  • Land Use Surveys
  • Building Inventories
  • Capital Improvement Plans
  • Customized Surveys
  • Household Income Surveys
  • Housing Assessments
For more information, contact Allison Beasley at (228) 868-2311 or abeasley@smpdd.com.

Project Development and Packaging

Communities that are successful in economic development know how to work together, form strategic partnerships and leverage funding resources.  SMPDD can serve as a coordinator to bring those partners together, whether it be multiple jurisdictions, state agencies, federal agencies, educational institutions or private businesses.  The Economic Workforce Development Division staff can assist in identifying these partners and resources.  SMPDD is available to help communties and other economic development agencies respond to site selection requests, prepare for prospect visits and determine target industries.  With seasoned economic development professionals, SMPDD can provide valuable insight when creating, packaging, and financing economic development projects.

For more information, contact Allison Beasley at (228) 868-2311 or abeasley@smpdd.com.

Grant Applications and Grant Administration

Preparing grant applications and managing grant-funded projects involves regulations that often are beyond the staff and resource capacity of local government.  SMPDD has many years of experience in writing grants for local government and in administering and complying with regulations throughout the life of a grant.

SMPDD acts as an agent of the recipient (usually on a contract basis paid out of the proceeds of the funding) and will set up and maintain the required records, reports and procedures, and provide the oversight necessary to ensure proper coordination and project execution. Typical responsibilities include financial management, procurement, construction management and labor compliance, equal employment and other civil rights requirements, and any other conditions required by the federal or state funding source.

SMPDD serves as the official liasion with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the Delta Regional Authority.  While not limited to the following, the Economic Development staff has been successful in identifying, obtaining and administering grants from:

  • Mississippi Development Authority – CDBG Grants, DIP Grants, Rural Impact Grants, Small Municipalites and Limited Government Grants
  • USDA, Rural Development Grants – RBEG, RBOG
  • MEMA/FEMA Grants – disaster and hazard mitigation funding opportunities
  • EDA – construction/infrastructure grants and planning grants
  • DRA – construction/infrastructure grants

These resources have been used for infrastructure improvements, upgrades in fire protection, construction of new public facilities and other community and economic development projects.

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For more information, contact Emlyn Jackson at (601) 545-2137 or ejackson@smpdd.com .


Pavement Assessment and Management Planning

Road maintenance can be one of the costliest budget items facing counties and cities today. SMPDD is excited to offer this pavement management and planning program that will help our elected officials maintain this valuable asset while stretching their tax dollars.  Our pavement management program is based on the award-winning Southaven, MS, Pavement Preservation Plan that establishes cost-effective ways to integrate pavement preservation into your road maintenance toolbox and helps you to identify new ways to extend your community’s street improvement budget.

SMPDD will be exclusively offering this Pavement Management Program to our cities and counties. Utilizing a GIS-based video and web interface, this tool will help elected officials to understand the scope and scale of their issue, enable strategic long-term maintenance planning, and identify solutions to efficiently apply tax dollars towards maintaining their road network into the future. We look forward to working with you to implement this exciting program in your community.

For more information, please contact Kristyn Gunter at (228)-868-2311 or kgunter@smpdd.com.

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