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Jackson, MS Says YES to Radical Progress

Chokwe & Ebony: Our First Couple Says YES To Radical Progress in Jackson, MS.

By Livability.com on February 21, 2019

The Lumumbas family of Jackson, MS
Photography: Charles A. Smith | Styling: Tamala Clarice | Makeup: Earlsey Quinn

On behalf of the City of Jackson, we invite you to share in our vision to become the most radical city on the planet …

Dear Future Jacksonians,

Here in Jackson, we take pride in being a beacon of higher education, having some of the best medical facilities in the region, and growing as a progressive Southern city rooted in authentic hospitality. Creating a welcoming environment for all citizens is a daily pursuit. 

As the capital city, we are the seat of power in Mississippi and use that position to enhance quality of life with highly advanced health care, exceptional education, robust public safety, consistent job growth, and a richly diverse cultural community. With our 100GbE network on the horizon, we also stand ready to become the Silicon Valley of the South.

Our innovative approach to urban planning has led to large-scale awards like the highly competitive Bloomberg Public Art Challenge (to address food equity) and the AARP Community Challenge (to create a more walkable city). Add to that rapidly growing business sectors and groundbreaking cultural tourism opportunities. The new $90 million Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, for example, is already an industry leader for its unflinchingly honest approach to history. And we are proud to offer something for everyone with neighborhood scenes that include award-winning restaurants and eclectic hangouts.

As you take in some of the best reasons to say YES to Jackson, we hope you will be inspired to come and experience everything our great city has waiting. Make Jackson—the City with Soul—your new home.

Looking brightly toward the future …

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba & Dr. Ebony Lumumba

YES Chatter

“Jackson is fertile ground for planting, growing and harvesting greatness. I love my city.”


“Jackson is known worldwide for hosting the USA International Ballet Competition, which transforms the city into an arts mecca.”

– MONA NICHOLAS, Executive Director, USA International Ballet Competition

“The opportunities in Jackson are very exciting and would be rewarding for any professional looking for a new hometown.”

– GARRETT SCHWAB, Director of Sales and Marketing, The Westin Jackson

“Jackson is a great place to be due to its progressive, innovative and collaborative leadership.”

– DR. KATHLEEN GRIGSBY, Principal, Barack H. Obama Magnet School

“We’re committed to creating walkable neighborhoods where people can work and play while retaining a ‘small town’ atmosphere.

– DR. SCOTT CRAWFORD, Artist & Disability Rights Activist


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