Learn Strategies for Overcoming Common Community Challenges at MML Conference

Don’t miss out on the 86th annual Mississippi Municipal League Conference July 24 – 26 in Biloxi, Mississippi. This year’s theme is “Signs of a Successful City.” Registration will be available on site. View full conference agenda here.

Trey Hess, director of brownfields and economic development for PPM Consultants, will co-present a professional development course, “Creating a Spark! Strategies for Overcoming Common Community Challenges” on Monday, July 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in room D4. This course is worth 3 CMO professional development credits.

The course will discuss challenges related to local planning and provide strategies to jump-start revitalization. Presenters will introduce case studies and practical tips you can use in your own community.

Presenters include:

Trey Hess is director of brownfields and economic development for PPM Consultants and will share strategies and resources available to combat blight, asbestos, dilapidated buildings, and brownfields. He will explain how the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi has used its EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant to help spur the revitalization of the area around the abandoned Kuhn Memorial Hospital.





Jeremy Murdock is a research associate with Mississippi State’s Stennis Institute whose areas of expertise include planning and design, community development, and strategic planning.  Jeremy will share insight into the strategies for overcoming curb appeal challenges with highway corridors and downtown districts in small rural communities.





Leah Kemp is the director of the Carl Small Town Center, a community design center that advocates for meaningful design for small towns. She is a registered architect who collaborates with Mississippi State University School of Architecture faculty, staff and students to help small towns all across our state in many different capacities.