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

Welcome from the Director

Director’s Welcome

Joseph "Dallas" Breen, Ph.D.
Dr. Dallas Breen – Executive Director

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 welcome you to our new and expanded web site.  Based at our state’s land grant university, the Institute is often referred to as Mississippi’s think tank, but the Institute is much more.  We are frequently called upon to provide technical assistance 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 deal effectively with today’s challenges regarding many issues.  If the legislature needs a definitive study 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 legal 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