Partners

The partners are a group of organizations and agencies dedicated to developing and implementing a regional plan for sustainability and increased economic opportunity. The Project Management Committee is comprised of representatives from each of the partners, and is charged with conducting all research and outreach for the Plan, as well as developing the final Plan documents.  Agendas and minutes for the Project Management Committee are available upon request.  Please direct requests to the Public Information Office.

Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) is a research, service and teaching program of Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design with a long-term mission of helping build sustainable communities. The GCCDS is a community-oriented practice that works in collaboration with various local non-profit organizations and national funding partners on projects that address economic, environmental and social issues of low-income communities. For more information, click here.

Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation

The Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation works collaboratively with leading public- and private-sector agencies to address development challenges posed by Hurricane Katrina and other disasters affecting the area.  GCRC facilitates the development of mixed-income communities which provide safe, quality, affordable housing for the workforce and special need residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and makes distinct improvements to the communities through its focus on bridging the affordable housing gap in South Mississippi and promoting community and economic development. For more information, click here.

Gulf Regional Planning Commission

The Gulf Regional Planning Commission serves as a general planning organization to the fourteen local and county governing bodies within the counties of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson.  In addition to the metropolitan transportation planning that the staff undertakes as planners to the metropolitan planning organization (MPO), GRPC has an extensive history of working cooperatively with each of the fourteen member jurisdictions and in close collaboration with other public organizations to perform planning services on demand. For more information, click here.

Kirwan Institute

The Kirwan Institute partners with people, communities, and institutions worldwide to think about, talk about, and engage issues of race and ethnicity in ways that create and expand opportunity for all.  Kirwan conducts applied research to support collaborations, community development, fair housing and social justice. Kirwan collaborates with partners to identify, understand and eliminate structural barriers to opportunity in critical domains including education, housing, employment, health and health care, civic engagement and others. For more information, click here.

Knowlton School of Architecture

The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture is responsible for developing food system and water elements, as well as provide technical support for the housing element of The Plan for Opportunity. The Ohio State University has worked along the coast in long-range planning efforts. For more information, click here.

Mississippi Center for Justice

Mississippi Center for Justice is a nonprofit, public interest organization committed to advancing racial and economic justice through systemic change in areas such as affordable housing, access to healthcare, child care, disaster recovery, financial security and educational opportunity. Supported and staffed by attorneys, community leaders and volunteers, the Center develops and pursues strategies to combat discrimination and poverty statewide. For more information, click here.

NASA – Stennis Space Center

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) is located in northwestern Hancock County, Mississippi with a 125,000 acre buffer zone that surrounds it, going into southern Pearl River County, Mississippi and eastern St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. SSC is the nation’s largest rocket engine testing facility and is a big part of the new Space Launch System for the Agency. In addition to NASA, there are over 30 other government agencies and many private companies that call SSC home. Well over 5,000 people work at the Center. For more information, click here.

Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District

The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District (SMPDD) provides 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. The Planning Division has established a program of work that fosters a thriving, diverse economy for the fifteen-county service area. For more information, click here.

Steps Coalition

The Steps Coalition aims to build a democratic movement to create a healthy, just and equitable Mississippi Gulf Coast by building the capacity, leadership and voice so the community can advocate for its needs.  Steps is comprised of over 35 non-profit organizations and community members on the MS Coast, working on affordable housing, environmental justice, economic justice, preservation of historic communities, and human rights issues. For more information, click here.