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The ARC is a regional
economic development agency representing a unique partnership of
federal, state, and local governments. Established by an act of
Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian
states and a federal co-chairman, who is appointed by the president.
The 13 Appalachian states are: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland,
Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each year Congress
appropriates funds, which ARC allocates among its member states.
The Appalachian governors, consulting with local development districts,
draw up annual Appalachian development plans and select, for ARC
approval, projects to implement them.
Development Block Grant Administration (CDBG)
Community Development Block Grant Program is administered by the
Department of Economic and Community Development in the state of
Mississippi. The Golden Triangle PDD staff has been successful
in negotiating contracts to provide administrative services for
many projects. Project activities include housing, fire protection,
water, sewer, public building construction, and street and road
Planning studies have been funded in the District through CDBG and include
a sewer evaluation study, fire protection plans, a digital address system for
rural roads, a street improvement study, and a water improvement study. Housing
planning grants have been awarded in two municipalities.
Resource Council (CRC)
Council is an informally organized local group comprised of community
resource providers. The Council holds a luncheon meeting the first
Wednesday of each month and offers information on a designated
resource agency at each monthly meeting.
Mississippi Community College and the Golden Triangle Campus (EMCC;
located in Scooba, MS, is one of fifteen community colleges within
the statewide network. The GTC is located centrally among the cities
of Columbus, Starkville, and West Point, and is a satellite of
EMCC, which offers post-secondary vocational and technical, training
opportunities. Additionally, the GTC sponsors JTPA vocational training
programs, Adult Basic Education training, the Single Parent/Displaced
Homemaker Program, and the Skill/Tech: One-Stop Career Center.
Development Administration (EDA)
EDA was established under the Public Works and Economic Development
Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3121), as amended, to generate new jobs,
help retain existing jobs, and to stimulate industrial and commercial
growth in economically-distressed areas of the United States. EDA
assistance is available to rural and urban areas of the nation
experiencing high unemployment, low income, or sudden and severe
Minority Business Enterprise Program
program focuses on aiding minorities, including women.
Small Business Assistance Act
and Urban Development (HUD)
Training Partnership Act Administration (JTPA)
Triangle PDD works with the Department of Economic and Community
Development, Employment Training Division, and the Mississippi
Service Delivery Area to identify job-training needs for this area.
This is accomplished by GTPDD providing a JTPA Planner to work
in coordination with the JTPA Local Planning Council.
This planning council is comprised of private and public sector representatives
from each of the seven counties. These representatives meet to review demographic
and labor market data, to determine labor market needs in the area, to recommend
JTPA programs which meet the needs of the unemployed as well as the labor market
Employment Security Commission (MESC)
local offices of the MESC provide an automated labor exchange system
between businesses and industry in need of qualified employees
and the unemployed seeking appropriate employment referrals. In
addition to the administration of the JTPA On-The-Job Training
and Individual Referral Programs, MESC local offices provide the
enrollment and certification of participants for other JTPA programs
operated within the District.
Dept. of Human Services (MDHS;
MDHS county offices provide economic assistance that includes basic
living expenses, nutritious food, and medical care and protective
services for children. The major programs administered are: Aid
to Families with Dependent Children (ADC); the Food Stamp Program;
the Medicaid Program; the Emergency Food Distribution Program;
Food Stamp Employment and Training; Child Support Enforcement,
and Family and Children's Services (intervention for neglected
and abused children).
Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS)
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides vocational
rehabilitation services to individuals who are impeded from securing
and maintaining employment by physical and/or mental limitations.
MDRS operates JTPA Programs that are specifically designed to serve
its rehabilitation clients.
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority (MRHA)
MRHA provides low-rent housing for individuals and families who
are economically disadvantaged. The Family Self-Sufficiency Program,
operated by the local housing authority, provides for increases
in a resident's income to be placed in a escrow account which is
awarded to the individual/family at the time of the resident's
termination from public assistance.
Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, and Fisheries: Land and Water Conservation
City of Eupora received a grant for picnic area improvements adjacent
to the proposed White's Creek Watershed Lake. The town of Sturgis
received funding for improvements to the local baseball / softball
field. The City of Louisville received funding from LWCF for acquisition
of land and for the construction of recreational improvements.
Opportunity, Inc (POI)
Opportunity, Inc is a non-profit, private corporation chartered
by the state of Mississippi in 1965. Its charter was last amended
in 1978 when the counties of Winston and Lowndes were added to
its service area, thereby including all seven counties in the Golden
Triangle Planning and Development District. POI offers an array
of community services including Head Start, and has been the principal
service provider of the JTPA Summer Youth Employment and Training
Program in the Golden Triangle area.
Development Authority (USDA)
organization was formally Farmer's Home Administration.
Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
care assistance may be received for parents who meet minimum eligibility
requirements for the TANF block grant program. The client's county
Department of Human Services office determines eligibility for
the TANF recipient. A referral is then forwarded to the TANF Case
Management office where the need for client support services is
The TANF block grant was established by the Personal Responsibility and Work
Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Effective July 1, 1997, TANF replaced
the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Job Opportunities
and Basic Skills (JOBS) programs. This action eliminated the entitlement
to assistance commonly referred to as "welfare". TANF places limits
on the amount of time an individual can receive cash benefit payments and requires
that recipients work for the benefits.