DJP & Downtown


​DJP Board & Staff

Officers

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Ben Aldridge, Treasurer

Trustmark National Bank

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Mende Alford

Old Capitol Inn

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Ramel Cotton, At-Large

The Cotton Law Firm

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Ronnie Crudup, At-Large

New Horizon Church International

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Larry Daniels, At-Large

HRI Properties

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Steve Davis, Chair

Canizaro Cawthon Davis

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Jim Ingram, Vice Chair

Hertz Group

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Andrew Mattiace, At-Large

The Mattiace Company

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Hilda Stauss Owen, Secretary

Communication Arts Company

Members

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Betsy Bradley, At-Large

Mississippi Museum of Art

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John Calhoun

IMS Engineers, PA

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John Ditto

StateStreet Group

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Robby Gathings

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP

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Hibbett Neel

Neel-Schaffer Inc.

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Wendy Scott,

Mississippi College School of Law

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Dorian Turner

Dorian E. Turner, PLLC

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Louis Wright

Entergy Mississippi

Chairman Emeritus

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Leland Speed

EastGroup Properties, Inc.

Downtown Jackson Partners Advisory Council

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Matt Allen

Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes

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Margaret Barrett-Simon

Jackson City Council

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Sam Begley

Begley Law Firm

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Cynthia Buchanan

Jackson Chamber of Commerce

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Sunny Desai

Desai Hotel Group

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Ted Duckworth

Duckworth Realty

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Michael Ford

DBA Jackson

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Debra Griffin

The Coffee Roastery

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Joseph Moss

BancorpSouth

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David Pharr

Law Office of David Pharr PLLC

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Michael Rejebian

Jackson Downtown Neighborhood Association

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Spencer Ritchie

Mississippi Republican Party

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Al Rojas

Jackson Convention Complex

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Joseph Simpson

Simpson Group

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Sylvia Stewart

Peoples Insurance Company

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Harry Walker, Past Chair

Trustmark National Bank

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Blake Wallace

Hinds County Economic Development District

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Malcolm White

Hal & Mal’s Restaurant/Mississippi Arts Commission

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Wanda Wilson

Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Downtown Jackson Partners Board Counsel

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Robert Gibbs

Gibbs Whitwell, PLLC


Staff

As knowledgeable and motivated downtown development professionals, we pledge to do whatever it takes to inspire, assist and promote real estate development in Downtown Jackson, Mississippi.

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Ben Allen, President of Downtown Jackson Partners, provides guidance to the Board of Directors and leadership to the staff while promoting Downtown real estate development opportunities to the general public and investment community.
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John Gomez, Associate Director, ensures that information regarding all Downtown activities and opportunities are clearly articulated to both the general public and the investment community.
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Bobby Viverette, Operations Manager, oversees the Downtown Ambassadors who make downtown more attractive and provide a safety presence throughout the day.
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Strategic Partnerships

Downtown Jackson Partners contracts with two organizations that are critical to the area’s safety and maintenace program.

Block by Block provides a team of landscaping, maintenance and safety ambassadors who guarantee that Downtowners find the streets litter free every morning with a friendly smile.

Taylor Protection LLC, Off-duty police officers, provides strategic, day-and-night, official patrols and authoritative response.