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.
The Asset Development Division’s Ambassador Program is a leadership development program that strives to build open communication between MDA and Mississippi communities. 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.
The Ambassador Program is intended to build respect and understanding between community leaders and MDA. Presented in multiple locations around the state, these forums will cover the topics of industrial recruitment, financial assistance, community and economic planning, improving Request for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Information (RFI) responses, and relationship building.
Ambassadors will learn techniques to better utilize MDA’s resources to improve economic and community development strategies, with the ultimate goal of creating more local jobs. Participants will be required to attend three forums and complete all class projects to be recognized as an official Ambassador.
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.