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 Ditto

StateStreet Group

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Robby Gathings

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP

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Joseph Moss

BancorpSouth

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Hibbett Neel

Neel-Schaffer Inc.

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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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Sam Begley

Begley Law Firm

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Matt Bolian

C Spire

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Veronica Cohen

Jackson State University

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Sunny Desai

Desai Hotel Group

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Ted Duckworth

Duckworth Realty

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Scott Harmon

OmniBank

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Laura Jackson

Mississippi Department of Finance & Administration

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David Lewis

Greater Jackson Arts Council

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Virgi Lindsay

City of Jackson Ward 7

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Matthew McLaughlin

McLaughlin, PC

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Bee McNamara

Weinstein Nelson Developers

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David Pharr

Law Office of David Pharr PLLC

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Michael Rejebian

Jackson Downtown Neighborhood Association/Underground 119

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Spencer Ritchie

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP

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Al Rojas

Jackson Convention Complex

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Joseph Simpson

Simpson Group/Westin Hotel

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Sylvia Stewart

Peoples Insurance Company

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Blake Wallace

Hinds County Economic Development District

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Cynthia Watkins

Jackson Chamber of Commerce

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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.