After a 2-year planning process, the Central MS Planning and Development District (CMPDD) is pleased to release the proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan for public review and comment. The comment period will remain open through November 2, 2020.
The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a required planning document that reflects a comprehensive blueprint of the Jackson Urbanized Area’s transportation system needs over the next 25-years. The Plan analyzes existing transportation infrastructure and seeks to forecast changes in the region to identify transportation improvements needed to keep people and goods moving smoothly. The Plan also identifies a financially feasible list of proposed improvements to be implemented over the next twenty-five years. The proposed plan is available for review on CMPDD’s website.
The proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan will be considered for adoption by the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization during its November meeting. The public is invited to submit comments to CMPDD by mail, phone, email, or electronic comment card by November 2, 2020. All comments received during the comment period will be considered prior to any actions taken to adopt the plan. Once approved, the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan will help to guide future transportation projects and initiatives in the region over the next five years.
Ways to Submit Comments:
Email: email@example.com Phone: (601)981-1511
Mail: Central MS Planning and Development District
2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
P.O. Box 4935
Jackson, MS 39296-4935
Electronic Comment Card: http://cmpdd.org/comments/
For more details or questions, contact Lesley Callender at (601) 981-1511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a required planning document that reflects a comprehensive blueprint of the region’s transportation system needs over the next 25 years. It forecasts changes in the region and seeks to identify transportation improvements needed to keep people and goods moving smoothly, while identifying a financially feasible list of prosed improvements. The plan is multi-modal addressing needs in roadway, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian, and freight. The proposed long-range plan covers transportation investments in the region from 2020-2045.
The proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan will be considered for adoption by the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization during its November meeting. All comments received during the comment period will be reviewed and considered prior to adoption. The 2045 Plan consist of two main components the Executive Summary and Technical Reports.
A virtual public meeting was held October 22, 2020 to discuss the proposed plan. You can view a recording of the meeting by clicking the link below.
Ways to Submit your Comments
All comments received during the comment period (September 19, 2020 – November 2, 2020) will be reviewed and considered prior to adoption. Comments may be submitted to CMPDD by mail, phone, or electronic comment card.
With seniors and adults with disabilities being isolated at home during the coronavirus pandemic, many are falling victim to abuse, neglect and/or financial exploitation by family members or others with access to them (or their funds). During this time, mandated reporters of abuse such as in-home workers, medical providers, and bank personnel are not available to observe and report suspected maltreatment to Adult Protective Services (APS). Research has shown that isolation is a major risk factor for abuse and the lack of regular interaction with outside family, friends, neighbors, and service providers exacerbates the risk and limits response. Frequently considered as first line responders, the District’s APS staff has played an important role in mitigating the risk of the coronavirus through placing the highest value on the needs and safety of clients and reporters.
Since the start of the pandemic, APS Programs have been overwhelmed with skyrocketing reports and cases. In response to the state and federal mandates, the District’s APS staff has carefully followed safety practices established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) when home or facility visiting is not feasible. Special provisions have been made allowing contact with alleged victims through video chats or conference calls. Unfortunately, some individuals are not able to communicate this way. When there is no alternative to a home visit, limited contact is made by conducting face-to-face interviews outside of the home at the CDC-suggested six-foot social distance.
Adult Protective Services operates under state law and has continued to provide services for victims during the coronavirus pandemic. To report any suspicions of abuse, contact the Vulnerable Person Abuse hotline at 1.844.437.6282. For more information, contact Senior Services Director, Dr. Chelsea Crittle at 601.981.1516.
As we are all aware, COVID-19 has taken center stage for the past several months and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. In addition, it will certainly impact the way we work, learn, and live going forward. Many individuals continue to work remotely, other workers have no job at all, many businesses have failed or been unable to re-open, and schools are desperately trying to plan for what learning will look like in the fall. It is certainly clear that the US was unprepared for a disaster of this magnitude.
The Central MS Planning & Development District (CMPDD) serves as the administrative entity for the Southcentral MS Works (SMW) Workforce Development Area, which encompasses seventeen counties in the southwest and south-central portion of the state. The workforce area receives federal funding from the US Department of Labor each year, which is used to provide job seekers and employers with assistance to acquire needed workforce training and help with training newly hired employees.
Since the publication of the last Central Update, several new funding sources have been made available to the workforce area to assist with re-starting our economy and getting citizens back to work. The State of Mississippi submitted an application to the US Department of Labor for a National Emergency Grant and the grant was awarded in the amount of million. The workforce area received one quarter of that amount and those funds are being used to pay wages for temporary workers who are performing tasks related to COVID, such as cleaning, disinfecting, temperature taking, trash removal, and humanitarian efforts in public facilities, buildings and parks. Workers can work up to 320 hours each and will be paid .00 per hour by a staffing agency that SMW has contracted for that purpose. These temporary workers are required to participate in an online safety training, which is provided at no cost.
In addition, the State Legislature has approved million in CARES Act funding to be devoted to workforce development. Approximately million of that amount is to be used to increase training capacity at the fifteen community colleges statewide. Many community colleges are unable to train more individuals due to restrictions of space and instructors, and these dollars will allow them the opportunity for expansion. Of the million, slightly less than million will be used for On-the-Job Training (OJT). OJT benefits not only individuals who may have lost their jobs due to COVID, but also helps employers offset the cost of training new hires. New restrictions being put into place as a result of COVID mean more training for all employees to learn how to prevent the spread of this disease and to stay safe on the job. OJT allows reimbursement to employers for a percentage of the salary they pay newly hired workers during a prescribed training period.
If you need workforce assistance, your local workforce development area is ready to help. Please contact Mary Powers at email@example.com or 601.981.1511.
Due to state mandates and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District’s Area Agency on Aging had to figure out how to transition services normally provided in congregate meal sites to the senior’s homes. Decisions had to be made on how to transport clients to the grocery stores and medical appointments while adhering to the social distancing mandate. These changes presented a host of challenges from the lack of personnel to logistical concerns. The Area Agency on Aging staff along with the local service providers were able to come together to address transportation and delivery of meals typically served at the congregate meal sites. Several meal providers offered the Grab and Go option. Seniors were added to the Home Delivered Meals Program or local service providers delivered meals door to door. A special thanks to our dedicated staff and local service providers, together we adapted, identified solutions, and continued to serve our most vulnerable population. For more information on Aging Programs, contact our office at 601-981-1516.