Planning and Development Districts in Mississippi were created in the late 1960’s. The PDDs grew out of the efforts of local elected officials who saw the need to create a mechanism that would allow communities to collectively address problems that do not stop at political boundaries. North Delta PDD is one of the ten PDDs in Mississippi, and is an independent organization governed by a Board of Directors.
North Delta PDD is managed by Executive Director James Curcio, and is staffed with administrative personnel, and specialists in areas such as planning, economic development, community development, job training, social services, transportation, geographic information systems, data processing, gerontology, and community based Medicaid programs.
The activities of the PDDs have changed significantly over the past 50 years and these changes are expected to continue as needs, objectives, and programs evolve. Since NDPDD represents a distinct region of the state, its activities, projects, and programs are somewhat different based on local needs and priorities.