Providing Quality Service, Training, and Research for Over 40 Years



Here are some of our various offerings of services, training, and research.

Compensation Policy

As part of the Stennis Institute’s capacities and services offered, the Institute is able to provide comprehensive compensation studies for municipalities, counties, agencies, and others.

Congressional Insight

Congressional Insight is a one of a kind simulation offered by the Stennis Institute where you will assume the role of a newly elected member of Congress. Each decision you make will not only impact your district, but your relations with state and local officials, national party leaders, and other members of Congress!

Economic Impact Analysis

The Stennis institute works with local, state, federal, and private entities to develop short, intermediate, and long term economic impact analyses on a number of factors including Mew Market Tax Incentives, Historic Preservation, Health-related industries, Transportation, and a number of additional topics. The institute prides itself on over 40 years of producing high-impact, quality research documents

Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a year-long program co-sponsored by the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, the Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU), and the Office of Research and Economic Development, all located at Mississippi State University, and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC, that convenes education stakeholders from around the country to discuss education policy and cultivate a national network of education leaders.

First Impressions

“First Impressions” is just what the name implies, capturing the thoughts and observations of visitors on their first visit to a community. These observations, both positive and negative, are then used to raise issues that the community can evaluate and prioritize for in-depth study or immediate action.

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.

MPPA Capstone

As part of a working collaboration between the Stennis Institute and the Political Science and Public Administration department at Mississippi State University, the Institute provides the instruction, project initiation, and guidance for the last-semester Capstone students.  The capstone project is a hands-on, real-world experience for the students, teaching them how to work in groups, provide sound policy insight, and guide individuals, agencies, and/or communities through issues they might be experiencing.

Program Evaluation

The Stennis Institute provides a wealth of program evaluation experience for local, state, federal, and private entities ensuring programs are efficient and effective in their development, delivery, and accountability.

State Executive Development Institute (SEDI)

The State Executive Development Institute (SEDI) is an executive style, graduate level, program offered by the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development. The Institute is designed to prepare mid- to upper-level state and local government executives to be more efficient and effective leaders.

Stennis-Capitol Press Luncheon

The Stennis-Capitol Press Luncheon is an event hosted by the Stennis Institute of Government that invites various elected officials to come and speak at a press forum 

Strategic Doing

The Stennis Institute prides itself in its modern approach to strategic thinking.  While strategic plans are still a part of local government and agency planning, the Institute is working to incorporate new techniques and strategies of strategic thinking into these arenas.

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. Each year the most dedicated members of the organization visit Washington D.C. , to meet and network with MSU alumni and other prominent political figures.

Yourtown, Mississippi

The YourTown Mississippi program is a three-day workshop focused on community development using basic design and planning principles. Participants will hear brief lectures about topics such as rural tourism, natural resources, marketing and branding, planning and many other topics.