Development Foundation
P.O. Box 145, Belzoni, MS 39038
662-247-4838  fax 662-247-4805 
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Belzoni Humphrey Development Foundation

The mission of the Belzoni Humphreys Development Foundation is to increase economic/community development for Humphreys County. This is accomplished in the areas of: industrial, tourism, chamber, festival, retail, Main Street and quality of life.

INDUSTRIAL: The BHDF meets with our local industries in conjunction with the Mississippi Development Authority each year to discuss the their needs and make them aware of any new or old programs that are available to help them. The BHDF is available to them the entire year for any assistance that they may need. The BHDF with the support of the Entergy Economic Development Department, Mississippi Development Authority and Delta Council engages in industrial recruitment.

TOURISM: The BHDF promotes tourism in cooperation of Mississippi Development Authority's Department of Tourism. The BHDF responds to email requests from the website, phone calls requests as well as tour leads from MDA. The BHDF promotes the Catfish Museum, Jaketown Museum, Wister Gardens, Mama's Dream World, The Catfish on Parade, the Cypress Tree, the Blues Trail markers (Turner's Drug Store, Pinetop Perkins, Denise LaSalle) and Downtown Belzoni through FaceBook, email, direct mail, and other means.

FESTIVAL: The BHDF organizes and plans the World Catfish Festival in April each year. The festival has arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, 10K run, catfish eating contest, Little Miss Catfish Pageant, Miss Catfish Pageant and kids' activities. The festival attracts over 10,000 attendees each year which has a tremendous economic impact to this area.

CHAMBER: The BHDF responds to general requests about Belzoni and Humphreys County. The BHDF sponsors the Governor's Job Fair each year. The mission of the Belzoni Humphreys Development Foundation is to provide a better quality of life for our citizens through promoting economic growth and community service and restoring community pride.

RETAIL: The BHDF supports our local retail through retail promotions and workshops. The Foundation offers our local business the opportunities to learn at workshops (customer service, social media, useful technology, marketing and many others) that will help increase their sales and profits. The BHDF tries to recruit retail by offering potential stores local demographics and retail segment possibilities.

QUALITY OF LIFE: The BHDF works to increase the appearance of Belzoni and Humphreys County. The BHDF hosts community meetings such as legislative forums, community planning meetings, community movie nights, city and county candidate forums, community music nights.

Working together, we can build a brighter future for all.