Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District

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Welcome to the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development Website

The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District (SMPDD), through the leadership of the local officials comprising its Board of Directors and through the synergy of its staff, has grown to be one of the largest and most diversified regional planning entities in the United States. Assisting 15 county and 38 municipal governments, the Districts geographic service area encompasses Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone and Wayne Counties. Since its beginning in 1967, SMPDD continually evolved to meet the needs, discover opportunities and anticipate the trends challenging the economic vitality, environmental integrity, and overall quality of life enjoyed in South Mississippi.

The District perceives its function as a change agent to add value to the information and resources it possesses, and by doing so, accomplish its mission of "providing the information and technical capacity needed for private and public sector leaders in Southern Mississippi to make informed decisions and to take effective actions to encourage and accomplish planned development of the region's human, economic, political and natural resources."

Our Mission:

We change lives and improve communities.

Our Vision:

The District provides solutions supporting the development potential ot the fifteen counties of southern Mississippi. We are flexible and able to transform with relative ease to meet the current challenges. We are a 501c3 that capitalizes on years of experience and excellent partnerships within the counties we serve. We look for opportunities to help our customers: governments, entrepreneurs, the elderly, the unemployed, the underemployed, the disadvantaged, the disabled and youth by providing information, financial support, planning, and technological capacity. Our customers turn to us for answers.


Office Locations

SMPDD Gulfport Office

9229 Highway 49

Gulfport, MS 39503

Phone:(228) 868-2311


SMPDD Hattiesburg Office

700 Hardy Street

Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Phone: (601) 545-2137