Asset Development Division

The Asset Development Division helps communities assess local resources and create plans for the future. The division maps existing assets and makes recommendations to the community on how they can use those resources to their maximum advantage.

Aspire program

The Asset Development Division’s Aspire Mississippi program is a leadership development program designed to help communities discover their full potential through leadership training and technical assistance. Through this program, MDA invites communities to keep the agency informed of local needs while becoming top-notch economic developers through participation in a series of forums.

During this one-year program, participants work alongside MDA staff, businesspeople and academics from across the state to enhance career pathways and quality of life, while attracting industrial prospects, individuals, families and visitors to their communities.

Aspire program participants will develop and implement strategies to strengthen communities in conjunction with local economic development officials and professionals from MDA’s Asset Development Division.

Apply to have your county included in the Aspire program.

Hometown Retirement

Mississippi’s 15 Certified Cities throughout the state offer variety and options for retirees.  They can choose from quaint towns or enjoy a more metropolitan area.  To qualify as a Certified City, each town must pass a comprehensive three-month screening process conducted by Hometown Mississippi Retirement (HMR), the state’s official retiree attraction program.

Certified Cities follow a plan to ensure quality leadership, community support, and sufficient funds are obtainable.  The HMR program provides marketing assistance, research, workshops and best practice models, and leadership training.

For more information about Mississippi’s certified retirement communities, contact Tina Blue at 601.359.3447.

Mississippi Main Street Association

Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) is a program of MDA and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Working closely with Mississippi Development Authority, MMSA offers a wide array of programs and support to local main street programs.