The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) Master Plan developed by the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD) has received two prestigious awards. The District received a 2014 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the PRVWSD Master Plan. NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award winners were showcased during NADO’s 2014 Annual Training Conference, held August 23 – 26 in Denver, Colorado.
The District also received the Best Project Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-MS) for the PRVWSD Master Plan. This award recognizes best practices, results, and state-of-the-art planning methods for an outstanding plan. The award was presented to CMPDD at the Mississippi and Alabama Chapters of the American Planning Association (APA) Joint Annual Conference, held November 12 – 14 in Tupelo, Mississippi. The purpose of the Master Plan, which was adopted in December of 2013, is to serve as a policy guide for the physical and economic development of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. Elements included in this plan are Land Use, Transportation, Public Facilities along with a Capital Improvements Program, an analysis of the Regional Economic Impact of PRVWSD, and the development of a web-based GIS mapping viewer. The Master Plan can be viewed at http://www.therez.ms.gov/