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We've created an online version of our Mississippi Municipalities publication to make it easier for you to keep up with what is going on at MML & in communities around the state.

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Nomination Portal for Opportunity Zone Designations Now Open

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established Opportunity Zones as a new community development program aimed to encourage long term investments in low-income and rural communities. Private investment within a designated Opportunity Zone may earn tax relief on the capital gains generated through those investments. Tax benefits increase the longer investments are in place.

Census tracts with a poverty rate of 20 percent or greater and/or family income less than 80 percent of the area’s median income are eligible for consideration.

Each state may nominate a minimum of 25 total eligible census tracts but no more than 25% of the total number of eligible census tracts within the state. The U.S. Department of Treasury will approve the nominated census tracts and administer the Opportunity Zone Program.

This week, the Governor’s office launched a portal on the Mississippi Development Authority’s website allowing cities and counties to propose census tracts for inclusion in the nominations. Click here to access the electronic application.

States must submit Opportunity Zone applications to the United States Department of Treasury no later than March 21, 2018. Therefore, application review by the state will begin no later than March 5, 2018.

For more information regarding the Opportunity Zone program and to see if your community qualifies, click here. For more information, or if you have questions regarding the program, please email


2018 State Executive Development Institute

Nominations are now open for the 2018 State Executive Development Institute!

SEDI 2018 will be held May 6 - 11, 2018, on the campus of Mississippi State University. 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 effective leaders. Additionally, the SEDI may be taken for credit in the Master of Public Policy and Administration program at Mississippi State University. Additional fees and prerequisites may apply.

Application deadline is March 9, 2018.

For more information on SEDI or to be nominated, visit the website by clicking here, or call Frank Riley at 601-573-6188.



Bloom Town Mississippi Training - CMO OPPORTUNITY

Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits by attending MS Urban Forest Council's Bloom Town Mississippi Training
February 21, 2018
MS Craft Center, 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157
$50 per person


Delta State University's Local Government Leadership Institute - CMO OPPORTUNITY

Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits by attending Delta State University's Local Government Leadership Institute!


When:           February 15, 2018 @ 11:00am - 2:00pm

Location:      Delta State University

                     Center for Community and Economic Development

                     1417 College St.

                     Cleveland, MS 38732

Guest Presenter: Dr. Joseph “Dallas” Breen, Executive Director, John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development

RSVP:           By February 12th @

Topic:           Forms and Functions of Municipal Government


Download the event flyer by clicking below or click the Read More link for additional details!


Attend the NLC Congressional City Conference!

Attend the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference!

March 11 - 14, 2018

Washington, D.C.

Click here to visit the event website or get more information by clicking the "Read More" link below!


Spring 2018 CMO Night Class - Ad Valorem Taxation & the Municipal Budgeting Process

In conjunction with the MS State University Extension Service Center for Government & Community Development, MML is excited to announce the upcoming CMO opportunity that will be traveling to a location near you this spring!

The class, Ad Valorem Taxation & the Municipal Budgeting Process, will be held at night and will include dinner, allowing an alternative time frame to receive CMO credits for those who have day-time duties that prohibit them from attending some of our other CMO opportunities that are usually held primarily during the day. 

Please see the attached registration form for details including registration deadlines, fees, and locations that the class will be offered.


2018 Mississippi Municipal Excellence Awards

Applications are now open for the 2018 Mississippi Municipal Excellence Awards!

The awards program is open to all MML members in good standing. Each municipality can submit one award application in each subject category, for a total of four applications. Entries must describe programs or projects brought to conclusion or showing significant results between May 6, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

For each project submitted, an official Municipal Excellence Award entry application must be completed. Please type or legibly print information requested on the award application. The application must be signed by the city’s chief elected or administrative officer.

Download the attached application for full details!



Mississippi Rural Water Association - 2018 Board Member Management Training

See attached file for upcoming dates that the MS Rural Water Association will be holding board member management training sessions. 


Click below for more information.


MSDH Technical Assistance Grant Announcement for Smokefree Air

The Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control, in collaboration with the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, is providing technical assistance funds for local and county governments interested in educating their citizens on the benefits of smokefree air and the protections of comprehensive (smoke-, vapor-, and aerosol-free) air policies.



MS Bureau of Narcotics Report: 2016 Opioid/Hydrocodone Prescriptions per Capita

Please download the attached handout presented at the 2017 Small Town Conference by MS Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy regarding opioid and hydrocodone prescriptions per capita for Mississippi counties. 


Important Information Regarding Annual Audits

To Municipalities of Mississippi:

Please click the link "Read More »" link below to read the notice and the accompanying Excel template attached that can be accessed by clicking the "Download Attachment" link.  This e-mail is being submitted by The Mississippi Department of Revenue in regards to SB2437.

File attached:
Annual Tax Revenue Report Form 09072017.xlsx

Reports should be submitted via email to the MS DOR at 

Aaron Robinson
Agency Support
Mississippi Department of Revenue
(601) 923-7662

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