Shay Lipe Announces Retirement as Director of Finance by 01-27-2021

CMPDD’s Director of Finance, Ms. Shay Lipe, has announced her retirement after 31½ years of service to the District. Shay began her career with CMPDD on May 1, 1989 serving as Administrative Accountant for a major portion of her career. On July 1, 2010, Shay was promoted to Director of Finance where she served as an integral part of CMPDD’s management team. Under Shay’s leadership as Director of Finance, the District streamlined its accounting system by embracing and adapting to new electronic technology that increased productivity. In recent years, Shay was instrumental in implementing new web-based electronic signature software that greatly reduced circulation time and piles of paperwork. These improvements proved invaluable this year during the COVID-19 crisis when employees were working from home. We wish Shay all the best in her retirement that was effective October 31, 2020. Thank you for a job well done!!

District Sponsors Successful “Santa for Seniors” Holiday Project 30th Year Anniversary by 01-26-2021

Although the pandemic impacted the way we normally celebrate the holiday season, CMPDD Area on Aging staff successfully executed the 2020 Annual “Santa for Seniors Project”.  The Jackson Association of Health Underwriters (JAHU) and Home Instead Senior Care provided Christmas gifts to over 165 needy seniors in our seven-county area.  While navigating through these unprecedented times, Home Instead Senior Care and Amazon collaborated to ensure the annual project would take place and quickly developed a system which purchases could be made online and delivered safely to the District’s Lakeland Drive office.

Seniors were asked for their wish lists and the sponsors supplied the items.  Robes, blankets, towels, electric heaters, shower chairs, and toiletries are just some of the items purchased for seniors who are homebound and in long term care facilities.  Case Managers presented gifts to the seniors who were uplifted and expressed appreciation by the generosity extended to them.

Because of the sponsors continued participation with this project, the District has been able to provide many needy seniors with Christmas cheer and joy during the holiday season for over thirty years.  We are grateful for the interest and generous support of our sponsors and look forward to working with them in the future.

Long-Range Transportation Plan Completed by 01-25-2021

CMPDD completed work to develop the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO’s) 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan in late 2020.  The Plan was released for public comments in September and was adopted by the Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee on November 12, 2020. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a long-range planning document that acts as a comprehensive blueprint to guide future transportation investments in the Jackson Urbanized region for the next 25 years. The plan identifies transportation needs, policies, strategies, and projects that aim to improve the quality of life for all residents in the region as part of CMPDD’s continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative transportation planning efforts.  The plan was developed over two years as part of a coordinated process between the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization, local communities, various local, state, and federal agencies, and the public. 

The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is available for review on CMPDD’s website, .  The plan is comprised of two main components the Executive Summary and seven Technical Reports.  For more information about the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan please contact Lesley Callender at

Congestion – I-55 and I-20 have the worst congestion in the region.

Safety – From 2014 to 2018 there were 343 deaths and 304 severe injuries resulting from vehicular crashes in the MPO region.

Highest Truck Traffic – The highest truck volumes are on I-55, I-20, US 49, and MS 25.

Freight Truck Congestion – Freight truck congestion occurs on I-55 and I-20, largely focused at interchanges.

MPO Title VI by 12-04-2020

It is the policy of the Central MS Planning and Development District as the designated Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization to assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 Environmental Justice, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities of the Jackson MPO.  Title VI requires that no person in the Unites States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which the Jackson MPO received federal financial assistance.  All programs funded in whole or in part from federal financial assistance are subject to Title VI requirements. 

Any person who feels that he or she, individually or as a member of any class of persons, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, has been excluded from or denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination caused by the Jackson MPO may file a complaint with the MPO’s Title VI Coordinator.  The complaint form is available for download and in hard copy at the MPO office.  Upon request, the MPO will mail the complaint form.  Such complaints must be filed in writing within 180 calendar days from the last date of the alleged discrimination.   Reasonable efforts will be made to assist person with disabilities, non-English speakers, and others unable to file a written complaint.  For assistance in filing a complaint, contact the Jackson MPO’s Title VI Coordinator. 

Debra Hartfield, Jackson MPO Title VI Coordinator
Central MS Planning and Development District
1020 Centre Pointe Blvd.
Pearl, MS 39208
(601) 981-1511

Access to MPO-Sponsored Meetings

Locations for all MPO-sponsored meetings are accessible to people with disabilities and are held in comfortable neutral locations.  Upon request every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations for those requesting assistance such as assistive-listening devices, materials in accessible formats and in languages other than English, or interpreters.

Documents and Forms

Jackson MPO Title VI Nondiscrimination Plan

Title VI Discriminatory Complaint Form

Formulario de demanda por discriminación del Título VI

Limited English Proficiency Plan

For Additional Information

Contact MPO staff to request accommodations or additional information regarding Title VI obligations by email at or by phone at (601)981-1511. 

CMPDD Releases The Proposed 2045 Long-Range Metropolitan Transportation Plan by 10-30-2020

After a two-year planning process, CMPDD is pleased to announce the release of the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO’s) Proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.  Metropolitan Planning Organizations, like the Jackson MPO, are required by Federal law to update their long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan at least every five years. 

The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a comprehensive blueprint of the region’s transportation system needs over the next 25 years for Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties.  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 addresses all aspects of the transportation system including road conditions, traffic congestion, safety, freight movement, non-motorized transportation, and public transit.  The plan also identifies a financially feasible list of proposed improvements to be implemented over the next 25 years. 

Financial projections show that .43 billion is expected to be available in transportation funding from local, state, and federal sources over the next 25 years for roadway projects.  Federal grant funds awarded by the Jackson MPO cannot be used for local transportation projects unless they are first identified as a need in the region’s long-range plan. 

The proposed plan consists of two main components the Executive Summary and seven Technical Reports which are available for review on CMPDD’s website;  The Executive Summary is also available in an interactive story map format. 

The plan was released for public comment on September 19th, and the comment period will remain open through November 2, 2020.  After consideration of all comments received during the public comment period the Jackson MPO will consider adopting the proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan during its November meeting.  Once approved, the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation plan will help guide future transportation projects and initiatives in the region over the next five years. 

The proposed document represents months of work and was developed in collaboration with MPO Committee members, the MS Department of Transportation, transportation stakeholders, and the general public.  For more information please contact Lesley Callender at to learn more about the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization’s transportation planning process.

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