Monthly Lunch


Pictured: Bill Bynum (center) introduces Derrick Johnson, President of the NAACP, to award winning journalist, Jerry Mitchell, at the Rural Places, Rural Spaces Forum.

March 28, 2019 : : 11:30am-1pm
Overcoming Financial Barriers in Economically Challenged Regions
featuring Bill Bynum, CEO, Hope Enterprise Corp.
and special guests

Andrew Mattiace
Founder & President
Mattiace Properties, Inc. and Mattiace Development Company
Lamar Life Building Developer

Emily Pote & Rucker Culpepper
Coffee Prose

Emily Roush-Elliott, AIA
Social Impact Architect
Delta Design Build Workshop

Trey McCoy
Architectural & Distributor Sales
Mississippi & West Tennessee
Cherokee Brick 

Mississippi recently made the national news for a good reason! Hear about how organizations like Hope are bringing community development and affordable housing to regions of persistent poverty while engaging the architectural community to build responsibly and well. Hope Enterprise Corporation is a regional Community Development Financial Institution and primary sponsor of Hope Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Credit Union. Both organizations provide loans as well as tax credits (Historic, New Market and Low Income Housing) to developments that otherwise couldn’t be done.  A short description of several of these programs as well as how these deals can come together will be provided. 

Learning Objectives | Upon completion, attendees will be able to:

  • understand how a Community Development lender differs from other lenders and project that have been done in MS communities through lenders like HOPE.
  • help incorporate good design and efficiency into existing community development projects across the state.
  • understand how stacking tax credits, state and federal, add value to developments allowing additional components that may not have been able to be included in the project with out layering these additional resources.
  • understand the additional resources available in Mississippi communities that provide jobs, training and wealth in especially low moderate income communities in Mississippi.

11:30 am Doors open, lunch orders begin | 12-1 pm Programming
1 LU (confirmed) | $20 / $10 Emerging Professionals
Download the flyer | View event on Facebook

Albert’s at Parlor Market | 119 W Capitol Street | Jackson, MS
Recommended Parking: Intersection of W Pearl and S Roach Streets (1 block from venue)
Menu: Chicken tetrazzini, lima beans, mashed potatoes, comeback salad, cookies & beverage
Please email Amber if you have special dietary restrictions.

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January 24, 2019
Disaster Recovery & Good Samaritan Legislation
featuring J. Scott Eddy, AIA, 2019 AIA National Disaster Assistance Committee Chair
and special guests Rep. Cory Wilson (Mississippi House District 73, Madison), Curnis Upkins, III (Hinds County Economic Development Authority), John Cothron (Mississippi State Board of Architecture), Jordan Rae Hillman, AICP (City of Jackson, MS, Department of Planning & Development), Joel Waters (Mississippi Concrete Association)

> Read more and see photos from the event

February 28, 2019
Human Scale Development & Equitable Growth in Jackson
featuring Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Director, Jackson Department of Planning & Development
and special guests 
Mike Burton (The Westin – Jackson), Craig Carter (American Council of Engineering Companies of Mississippi),  Thomas Gregory (Carl Small Town Center & American Planning Association MS) and David Lewis (Arts Center Manager & Team JXN)

> Read more and see photos from the event


After hosting Mississippi Celebrates Architecture at Albert’s at Parlor Market, we enjoyed the experience so much that we chose to make it the spot for our monthly luncheon. Each month we enjoy a custom menu dreamed up by their executive chef. If you have special dietary considerations, please mention it on your registration. We’re happy to accomodate you!

$20 for an entree, two sides, salad, bread, beverage & dessert
AND wonderful conversation with very smart colleagues