West Jackson Alliance
In October of 2011, a group of stakeholders in west Jackson consisting of the West Jackson Alliance, Jackson State University, Watkins Partners, LLC, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Jackson Zoological Park, Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport/Hawkins Field, Koinonia Coffee House and Voice of Calvary Ministries formed the West Jackson Planning Coalition to actively seek funding to develop a master planning process for west Jackson. The group met with Duvall Decker Architects who had guided a planning process for another inner city community in Jackson – the North Midtown community.
The Coalition met with various potential funding sources including the City of Jackson and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). In December of 2011, the Coalition was invited to submit an application to MDA for a planning grant. It was decided by the group that Voice of Calvary Ministries should be the applicant given its years of community involvement and a successful relationship with MDA. The grant was approved in August of 2012 and the West Jackson Master Planning Process began in February of 2013. It was completed in September of 2014.
Master Planning Process
Master planning begins with community organizing as the research and analysis must be driven first by the residents, then other stakeholders, and then finally those who want to invest in the community. The purpose of the planning process is to understand problems and their implications; identify assets, liabilities and opportunities; and to identify best practices which can help address the problems, maximize assets and result in a rebuilt community. The outcome of the process is a guidebook which residents and other stakeholders can use to gain economic, social and political power to change their neighborhoods for the better.
View the West Jackson Planning Guidebook: