Mississippi Mayors’ Forum

Mississippi Mayors’ Forum

The Mississippi Mayors’ Forum (MMF) is an exciting new assistance opportunity developed in collaboration between the John. C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Municipal League. The program provides a select group ofMississippi Mayors with access to a panel of resource professionals who will assist in the identification and development of implementable solutions to specific challenges impacting their community.




Program Structure

The MMF will consist of an organized 1.5 day session, held on the campus of Mississippi State University. During the forum, a select group of Mississippi mayors will present specific community challenges they are currently facing to a resource panel of leading experts. Following each presentation, the mayors and resource panel will identify important issues, offer suggestions, and develop potential solutions.


Forum Focus

While the specific challenges presented by the participating mayors during the MMF will be unique, all will fall under a similar theme or focus. Themes could include such areas as finance and budgeting, public relations, compliance with state and federal regulations, infrastructure, personnel administration, etc. The inagural MMF will be held March 29-30, 2016 and the focus will be planning and design-related challenges.


Program Costs

Mayors selected to participate in the forum will be responsible for paying a $525 program fee. In addition, participating mayors will be responsible for covering their travel and lodging costs associated with the program.

Mayors Forum Application

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Have you received your Basic CMO certification?

Forum Criteria:
(1) The Mississippi Mayors’ Forum is limited to six (6) participants

(2) Two (2) participants will represent each of the three (3) Mississippi Supreme Court Districts

(3) Priority is given to mayors who have successfully obtained the Basic CMO certification through the Mississippi Municipal League


Forum Fee & Accommodations
If selected, a program fee of $525 must be paid prior to participation in the forum session. Participants will be responsible for covering their travel and lodging costs associated with the program. If selected, additional information regarding lodging will be provided.

Please briefly describe the specific planning and/or design related issues you are currently facing in your community and that you would like the panel to critique. Planning and design challenges are those that address physical issues affecting communities and may include such things as determining future development patterns, enhancing pedestrian accessibility, redevelopment of downtown areas, connecting local and regional assets, and using design to enhance the quality of life in the community.

Please briefly describe any planning or design related assistance your community may have received and the year of completion. This may include assistance from state organizations or associations (Mississippi State University, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Main Street Association, MS Chapter of the APA, etc.) or private firms.

Applications will be accepted through October 21, 2015, or until the forum reaches full capacity. • Individuals selected will be notified and invoiced upon receipt and acceptance of this application. Payment will be due upon receipt.


• Applications can be completed and submitted online at www.sig.msstate.edu/msmayorsforum

or you can print and E-mail, fax, or mail both pages of this application.


Thank you for your interest!


Fax: (662) 325-6709


Mail: Mississippi Mayors’ Forum C/O Stennis Institute

P.O. Drawer LV Mississippi State, MS, 39762

E-Mail: joe@sig.msstate.edu