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Serving Mississippi for Over 45 Years

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The John C. Stennis Institute of Government has served the state of Mississippi for over 45 years, providing research, service, and training to Mississippi and other municipalities across the nation.

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A Primer on the Forms & Functions of Municipal Government

This technical brief provides a basic overview of the forms and functions of municipal organizations (government) in the State of Mississippi.

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Strategic Planning and Management in Small Municipalities in Mississippi

This article explores the adoption and use of strategic planning and management by communities and local governments in Mississippi.

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An Introduction to Ad Valorem Taxes & Homestead Exemption in Mississippi

This technical brief, authored by Stennis Institute Project Manager Joe Young, explores the trend in homestead exemption applications in Mississippi shows an increasing percentage of Mississippi homeowners qualifying for the special homestead exemption.

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The Stennis Institute delivers a wide variety of services and technical assistance to municipalities, counties, and government agencies, responding to the ever-changing political and economic environment.


Stennis-Montgomery Association

Named after the great MSU alumni, Senator John C. Stennis and Congressman G.V. Sonny Montgomery, the Stennis-Montgomery Association (SMA) allows students of all backgrounds and academic disciplines to become active on the political scene.

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