The Deep South is changing—and nowhere is that change more evident than in Mississippi. From shifting demographics to economic development, the state’s growing communities are proud, actively engaged hubs for tomorrow. But complex challenges remain—on criminal-justice reform, educational opportunity, climate change, and so much more.

On Nov. 30, Mississippi Today, in partnership with The Atlantic, will convene local leaders, policy makers, and journalists in Jackson to highlight the regional issues influencing the national dialogue and the importance of local journalism.

The event will be in person at The Faulkner, 518 E. Capitol St., in Jackson, and streaming virtually. Doors open at 9 a.m. The program runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For questions, email

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