F. Clarke Holmes

F. Clarke Holmes

Chief Executive Officer


P.O. Box 4935
Jackson, MS 39296-4935
Phone: 601.981.1511
Fax: 601.981.1515
E-mail: cholmes@cmpdd.org


Clarke at desk



High School: Hernando High School – Hernando, MS

College: Bachelor of Public Administration – University of Mississippi

Graduate: Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning – University of Mississippi

Other: Numerous professional advancement courses in areas such as Economic Development, Data Processing, Personnel Development, Organizational Management, and Business Finance


Employment History:

Research Assistant for the Department of City Planning – University of Mississippi

Project Planner for the Missouri Department of Community Affairs

Director of Planning – Central Mississippi Planning and Development District

Professor (part-time) – Department of Urban and Regional Planning – University of Mississippi

Chief Executive Officer – Central Mississippi Planning and Development District –

Chief Executive of area-wide planning agency of 7 counties and 34 municipalities.

Effectively organized, structured, and manage a multi-jurisdictional organization that receives 100% participation and financial support from 34 city and 7 county governments.  He became Executive Director in 1973 with a budget of $100,000 and a staff of six.  This organization now has a budget of $29 million, employs 88 people, and is the recognized regional leader for its 7 county area.

This multi-jurisdictional agency is also inter-disciplined and represents the collective interests in such areas as economic development, transportation, human services, aging, data systems, job training, governmental management, comprehensive planning, information networking, infrastructure development, Geographic Information Systems, community development, and business and industrial development.  Virtually all traditional regional activities are housed in the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, largely through Mr. Holmes’ efforts to aggressively merge these functions and programs together on a systematic basis in a timely manner.


Number of Years Experience:



Current/Select Professional Associations:

Past Member of the Board of Directors of both the National Association of Development

Organizations and the Southeastern Regional Directors Institute Council of Peers

Member and Past President for three terms, the Mississippi Association of Planning and Development Districts

Member of Mississippi’s Workforce Investment Board

Current Member and Past National Chairman of the Executive Directors Advisory Committee of the National Association of Regional Councils

Executive Committee Member of the Governor’s Momentum Mississippi

Executive Committee Member of the State Workforce Investment Board


Specific Service Expertise:

Management of a major regional planning organization with several subdivisions and sub-corporations with an annual budget of $29 million;

Management of overall market-driven economic development;

All phases of comprehensive planning and management;

Congressional and Legislative affairs;

Intergovernmental relations;

Public administration and management;

Public relations

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