Planning Division



Planning Department

(662) 283-2675 (Office)
(662) 283-5875 (Fax)

Johnny Shell, Planner
jshell@ncpdd.org

Chris Pope, Planner
cpope@ncpdd.org

John Wiggers, Planner
jwiggers@ncpdd.org

Rio Winters, Planner
rwinters@ncpdd.org

Community and Economic Development

North Central PDD staff provides numerous services related to community and economic development.

District staff prepares various grant applications and administer funded grant projects through a variety of state and federal programs. Such projects range from public infrastructure projects for counties and municipalities (water, sewer, roads, etc.) to infrastructure serving industries (access roads, water, sewer, etc.). District staff also provides assistance in the areas of housing, solid waste, hazard mitigation, and comprehensive planning/zoning.

NCPDD is designated by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as an Economic Development District (EDD). As an EDD, North Central PDD provides technical assistance to its member counties and municipalities and operates an EDA Revolving Loan Fund.

Two of the NCPDD’s counties, Montgomery and Yalobusha, are in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) area. These counties and their municipalities are eligible for ARC funds for projects related to public infrastructure, job creation/retention, health care, and education.

All of the District’s counties and municipalities are in the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) area. DRA funds projects in four (4) categories:

  1. Basic Public Infrastructure
  2. Transportation Infrastructure
  3. Business Development
  4. Job Training and Employment-related Education.


The District staff continues to meet with individuals in its seven counties to plan the development of property for industrial purposes.

In a continuing effort to improve the basic facilities and services necessary for economic growth in communities, the District has remained active in developing improvement projects. The District continues to help many rural water systems obtain RD funding for improvements.

The District works closely with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) officials in assisting municipalities and counties with flood prevention measures.

Major efforts in community development projects for other infrastructure needs In a continuing effort to improve the basic facilities and services necessary for economic growth in communities, the District has remained active in developing improvement projects. The District continues to help many rural water systems obtain RD funding for improvements.

The District works closely with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) and Mississippi Emergency Managemen Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) Projects

District staff continues administration of county and municipal CDBG projects.

MDA - Home Program.

Technical Assistance

NCPDD receives requests daily for assistance concerning employment, population, income, industry, zoning ordinances, programs for retired persons, and countless other data. On some occasions, a governmental entity may need to complete an important report or survey. The president of an industry may need information for a parent company. Surveyors may need to research income and cost-of-living information. Economic development agencies often need specific manufacturing and labor information. NCPDD houses a tremendous amount of data that is extremely important to people in this area

Census Authority

As the source and census authority for the District's census data, the staff of NCPDD is available to provide assistance to the district counties and municipalities, as well as any other groups or organizations that might request such asistance. Working directly in conjunction with the State Data Center Program, the District has available the information provided by the Census Bureau and the technical and professional staff people to provide such assistance needed to evaluate and affiliate the census data. Used for many diverse functions, the wealth of past census data and the newly released 2000 data provide our citizens the information required to make decisions on economic development, apply for federal grant assistance, or even undertake a local market analysis.

Law Enforcement

The District provided assistance in the tenth-year operation of the North Central Narcotics Task Force, a special multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement program. This program has resulted in hundreds of drug-related arrests. District staff has prepared numerous COPS and State Department of Public Safety applications for purposes ranging from hiring of officers to purchase of computer equipment.

Solid Waste Management

The District works closely with SCS, EPA, and other agencies in assisting local governments in solid waste management planning, particularly as it relates to sites for sanitary landfills and alternative methods of handling solid waste. Staff assisted many of its counties in obtaining funds for cleaning up unauthorized dumps and secured grants for Carroll, Leflore, and Montgomery counties for disposal of waste tires.