Research Associate II
Areas of Expertise: Planning & Design, Community Development, Strategic Doing, Strategic Planning, Facilitation
Jeremy Murdock is a Research Associate II with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University. He is heavily involved in ground-level community development issues, especially those related to design and planning. His current work is aimed at educating the communities of Mississippi about sound design and planning principles and the impact of those principles on economic development. Murdock’s research interests focus on the economic benefits of sound planning principles as well as the economic impact of suburban sprawl development. Mr. Murdock, a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi, obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in landscape architecture from Mississippi State University. Following graduate school, Mr. Murdock entered the world of community development and has worked with numerous Mississippi communities. He is passionate about downtown revitalization and small town development, and he uses design as a tool to enhance the quality of life in the communities of the state. Mr. Murdock is heavily entrenched in community development, both professionally and personally. He is an active volunteer and advocate for quality of life issues in his own community, and has served on numerous boards and committees in his hometown of Starkville, Mississippi. Murdock’s recent volunteer efforts have included serving as the Chairman of the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors; on the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP) Board of Directors; GSDP Executive Council; and the Starkville Main Street Association Board of Directors. Murdock’s past volunteer efforts have included the Chairman of the Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission; Chairman of the Starkville Main Street Design Committee; member of the Starkville Area Arts Council Board of Directors; member of the Starkville in Motion Board of Directors; member of the Starkville Beautification Committee; and a volunteer at the Starkville Community Market among others. Mr. Murdock and his wife Ashleigh currently reside in Starkville, Mississippi, and are the proud parents of their two sons, Finnley and Hawkins.