DJP & Downtown


DJP & Downtown

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​In the early 1990s a group of community leaders and elected officials shared a vision of a vibrant Downtown community. Ultimately the property owners of Downtown Jackson, Mississippi, formed a business improvement district (BID), funded by an assessment on the commercial property in the district and designated Downtown Jackson Partners, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, as manager to take the necessary steps to accomplish that vision.

Today, Downtown Jackson has evolved from an 8-to-5 office park to a 24-hour neighborhood, with nearly $800 million in economic development since the Business Improvement District’s inception. Residential development has been a highlight within the BID with nearly 200 apartments brought online since 2005. Organizers of festivals and events continue to value and schedule Downtown venues and the Jackson Convention Complex draws local, regional and national events to the area. Downtown continues to see economic activity with over $200 million in projects currently underway or on the drawing boards.

With the evolution of Downtown, Downtown Jackson Partners has adapted operations to fulfill the current and future needs of the district. We have focused on strengthening our clean and safe programs to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play Downtown. We have positioned ourselves to be a major resource for developers in an advisory role and to take the lead on public improvement projects.

It has been an honor to serve the property owners within the Business Improvement District, and we thank everyone for making Downtown Jackson the great place that it is.

Laura Lamar, Chairman

Steve Davis, Vice-Chair

Hilda Stauss Owen, Secretary

Sylvia Stewart, Treasurer