From The Ground Up: Feat. Randy Kelley of Three Rivers Planning and Development District, Inc.

Randy Kelley HeadshotRandy Kelley has been the executive director of Three Rivers Planning and Development District, Inc. in Pontotoc, Mississippi since 1976. The PUL Alliance and subsequent Toyota industry moving into Northeast Mississippi is perhaps the best, but only one of the many examples, in which Three Rivers and Randy have served to facilitate partnerships, cooperation and collaboration among a variety of institutions and agencies in Northern Mississippi. Three Rivers Planning & Development District, Inc. operates multiple corporations including: Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority, Three Rivers Local Development Company, Inc.(SBA), Three Rivers Community Development Entity (U.S. Treasury), Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging,  P.U.L. Alliance, G.M.&O. Rails to Trails Recreational District of North Mississippi and the Mississippi Partnership Workforce Development, Inc. to name a few.

He is a past president of NADO, served as MAPDD president, has testified before Congress on Rural Development issues multiple times and served on countless committees, boards and task forces in his tenure at Three Rivers.

Randy has received the NADO’s J. Roy Fogle Award for Outstanding Executive Director, NADO President Award for outstanding leadership, ARC Federal Co-Chairman award for outstanding Economic Development activities, U.S. Small Business Administration Outstanding SBA Lender in Mississippi and Regional Rehabilitation Center Red Raspberry Humanitarian award.                                                                             

Randy attended the University of Mississippi and earned a Bachelor of Arts in banking and finance and a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning.