Community Development Specialist
jmurdock@retailstrategies.com
(662) 312.9243
Starkville, MS
Community Development Specialist

Jeremy Murdock

Jeremy is the Community Development Specialist for the Downtown Strategies team where he conducts Downtown Visioning Workshops and leads partnerships with community leaders to implement strategies from the plan. 

Jeremy obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University. Following graduate school, Jeremy spent 14 years working in the field of community development at Mississippi State University. During that time, he worked with rural communities across Mississippi and throughout the surrounding states. His work focused on downtown revitalization, design, urban planning, tourism, short-term strategy development, building collaborations, and helping leaders take action to spark change in their community. 

He is heavily entrenched in community development, both professionally and personally. In his own community of Starkville, Mississippi, Jeremy is an active volunteer and advocate for quality-of-life issues and has served on numerous boards and committees. Current volunteer efforts include serving as the Vice President of the Starkville Main Street Association Board of Directors and a member of the Design Committee as well as the Vice President of the Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation. Jeremy’s past volunteer efforts have included serving as the Chairman of the Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission; Chairman of the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau board; Chairman of the Starkville Main Street Design Committee; member of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership board; member of the Starkville Area Arts Council board; member of the Starkville Beautification Committee; and a volunteer at the Starkville Community Market.

Jeremy’s favorite activities include photography, watching football, and family movie nights with his wife Ashleigh and two sons, Finnley and Hawkins. 

I love living in a small town, but I would love to live in brownstone-type neighborhood in New York City.

My favorite holiday is definitely Christmas. I basically turn into Clark Griswold. My favorite Christmas tradition is making reindeer and snowman-shaped pancakes for my family on Christmas morning.  

Favorite drama: Good Will Hunting

Favorite comedy: Christmas Vacation

Favorite classic: The Godfather: Part II (undeniably the best of the trilogy)

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