There’s nothing simple about planning and development districts (PDDs)

Leonard Bentz has been in the headlines of late after it was announced he is leaving the Mississippi Public Service Commission to head up the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, one of the 10 planning and development districts (PDDs) in Mississippi.

So, what exactly is a PDD? Turns out, there is no simple answer.

“There are a few things all PDDs do, but most of what we offer is dictated by the area’s needs,” said Randy Kelley, executive director of the Three Rivers PDD in Pontotoc whose service area stretches across eight counties in North Mississippi.

“We serve at the will and pleasure of our local governments.”