The Montgomery Institute‚Äôs West Alabama-East Mississippi Regional Mission
The mission of The Montgomery Institute is to ‚Äúupbuild the people and places of the East Mississippi and West Alabama region guided by the leadership legacy of G. V. ‚ÄėSonny‚Äô Montgomery.‚ÄĚ¬† That means we do things ‚ÄúSonny‚Äôs way‚ÄĚ as described in the adjacent video.
To accomplish its mission, TMI since its inception in 2001 has undertaken initiatives in leadership development, rural place building, educational enhancement, workforce development, research and information dissemination, regional cooperation, and innovation.
The hallmarks of TMI‚Äôs approach to do things ‚ÄúSonny‚Äôs way‚ÄĚ are its reliance on partnerships, citizen involvement, and network building. Working with partners to engage citizens, identify place building champions, and create regional networks of place builders, TMI seeks out resources and opportunities for innovation that will help partners do more, better, for the benefit of the people and places in West Alabama and East Mississippi.
Twice, in 2003 and 2010, the 13-state Southern Growth Policies Board has presented TMI its ‚ÄúInnovator Award‚ÄĚ in recognition of its innovative approaches to region and place building.
Current initiatives are listed on the right. Click on one to find out more. To learn more about TMI‚Äôs approach and earlier initiatives, click on one of the buttons below.