The Mississippi Association of Planning and Development Districts (MAPDD) is comprised of 10 Districts who collectively provide services to all counties and municipalities in Mississippi.

The PDDs were created in the late 1960s to address problems and issues that go beyond individual political boundaries.  The Association strives to bring diverse resources together in partnership with local, state and federal entities to strengthen communities.  The purpose of the Association is to promote coordination and cooperation among the PDDs to increase their effectiveness and efficiency; provide mutual assistance and the exchange of ideas among peers; and to collectively address and implement strategies that create opportunities for local communities.  The Association most notably serves as a convener, consensus builder, facilitator, and leader in order to target limited regional resources.

The Association’s annual activities include the formal and informal exchange of ideas and best practices, relationship building and interaction with various department heads; staff training opportunities, and an annual conference among other activities.