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Director’s Welcome

Dr. Joseph "Dallas" Breen, Executive Director and Asst Research Professor
Dr. Joseph “Dallas” Breen, Executive Director and Asst Research Professor

On behalf of the staff, research fellows, and students of The John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University, I want to welcome you to our Institute’s online presence.  Based at our State’s land grant university, the Institute is often referred to as Mississippi’s policy and government think tank, but the Institute provides much more to the people of this great country.  We are frequently called upon to provide technical assistance, training, education, and consultation to state officials, local governments and community leaders regarding political, governmental, economic and community development matters.

Our mission is to enhance the capacities of state and local officials to promote effective responsiveness to today’s and future challenges.  If the State legislature needs a comprehensive examination on the effects of a change in state law, a municipal government desires a compensation study or salary survey, or an association of government officials requests training on the latest government and/or policy issues, the Institute responds with its wide variety of resources and capabilities.

The Institute delivers a wide array of services and technical assistance to municipalities, counties, and government agencies, responding to the ever-changing political and economic environment.  Please take a moment to browse through our new website and contact us if we can assist you in any way.


Dr. Joseph “Dallas” Breen

Executive Director