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The mission of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP) is to promote a healthy and sustainable Starkville and Oktibbeha County by enhancing the quality of life for all citizens through business growth and job creation, tourism and retirement opportunities, and progressive educational and community initiatives.

As the leader in economic development, tourism, and community development in Starkville and Oktibbeha County, the GSDP recognizes the importance of a community that reflects the rich diversity of the people of the Great State of Mississippi and our nation. We believe in the inclusive treatment of all people. We are our best when everyone is equally engaged and valued.

The GSDP is comprised of the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce, Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority, Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Starkville Main Street Association.

Recent News

Announcing our 2018 New South Weekends Fall Schedule: The Game Weekend Experience in Mississippi’s College Town

Football season in on the way! Three weeks from today, we will welcome fans and the Bulldog faithful back to Mississippi’s College to kick off Coach Moorhead’s first season of gridiron action. It’s a new era and a new season, as we celebrate new players and new events each home game weekend. The annual New… More

Goodwin joins Greater Starkville Development Partnership staff

Starkville native Jake Goodwin has joined the Greater Starkville Development Partnership staff as its new program coordinator. A 2014 honors graduate of Starkville Academy, Goodwin graduated from Mississippi State University in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. During his time at MSU, Goodwin gained several leadership experiences through involvement in organizations including Orientation… More

NEWS RELEASE: Jennifer Prather Named Director of Tourism for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership

Jennifer Prather has been named Director of Tourism, for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Prather joined the Greater Starkville Development Partnership in January 2013 as Special Events and Projects Coordinator to direct and oversee multiple special events for the GSDP and has served as Interim Director of Tourism since April 2016. Scott Maynard, CEO, stated,… More