Annual Conference

April 23 – 26, 2024 – Beau Rivage Resort Biloxi

Conference Registration

Registration for the 2024 MAPDD Annual Conference is now open. 

Accommodations

Conference participants will stay at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi.  To make reservations use the hotel reservation link or call the Beau Rivage at 1-888-567-6667.  Be sure to mention you are with the Mississippi Planning and Development Districts Conference to receive the group rate of $169 per night plus tax.  The rate is guaranteed until March 16, 2023, requires a first night deposit and includes the resort fee.

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, April 23
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Registration
11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.TRIO Golden Gator Golf Tournament
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.Paint & Sip
1:00 p.m.Brewery Tour
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.TRIO Early Bird Reception at Town Green
Wednesday, April 24
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Morning Pastries
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Registration
8:00 a.m. – NoonEducational Sessions
NoonLuncheon
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Educational Sessions
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Cocktails on the Terrace
Thursday, April 25
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Morning Pastries
8:00 a.m. – NoonRegistration
8:00 a.m. – NoonEducational Sessions
NoonLuncheon
2:00 p.m.Closing Session
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.Gala Reception
Friday, April 26
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Closing Breakfast

Tuesday Activities

Golden Gator Golf Tournament

Conference participants may register to play in the TRIO Golden Gator Golf Tournament being held Tuesday, April 23, compliments of TRIO Community Meals.  Lunch will be provided for golf participants at 11:00 with a shotgun tournament start at 12:30.   The tournament does require participants to pre-register and is limited to the first 72 players. 

Paint & Sip

Conference participants may register to participate in a Paint & Sip on Tuesday, April 23 from 11:00 – 1:00 or 2:00 – 4:00.  This activity will be held at the Beau Rivage and requires participants to pre-register due to limited seating. 

Brewery Tour 

Conference participants my register to take a tour of Fly Llama Brewing and sample their craft beer on Tuesday, April 23 at 1:00.  This activity will be located at 186 Bohn Street and requires participants to pre-register due to limited capacity.  Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the brewery.

Educational Sessions

The conference will feature a variety of sessions for conference attendees.  Elective Certified Municipal Official credits through the MS Municipal League will be offered for conference attendees.  In addition, applications are pending with the MS Board of Examiners to offer continuing education hours for social workers.  Educational topics include but are not limited to: 

Utility Management Tools2020 Census DataSmall Business Resource Partners
Accessing Business CapitalAccelerate MS ProgramsWorkforce Development Opportunities
Local Industry ApprenticeshipsFederal and State Grant Funding OpportunitiesWater Viability Workshop
Cyber SecurityPERS UpdateHR Best Practices
Medicaid Eligibility & DocumentationElder Fraud and Scam PreventionNutrition for Healthy Aging
Serving SeniorsPerson-Centered PlanningState Addressing Standard

Conference Sponsors

There are a number of ways your company can participate as a conference sponsor.  2024 Sponsorship information can be found here. (Make here a link to the sponsor brochure) To customize your sponsorship or if you need additional information, please contact MAPDD staff here.  Sponsorships are limited.