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Happy September, Mississippi Gulf Coast! School is back in, college football kicked off with a bang last weekend, and fall is right around the corner! Who’s already had your first pumpkin spice anything! We have lots happening through the rest of the year…check out below and on our event listing on our website to see what’s next! But first….we have two very important announcements

First, on Monday September 9, every PMI MGC member will receive an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that will say “PMI Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter Nominations And Election Committee.” This email contains a link to submit your vote for the chapter’s 2020 Board of Directors. Elections will open on September 9th and close on Friday September 20th. We implemented electronic voting this year to make it more convenient for you to participate in elections. We hope you’ll find this convenience beneficial, and we hope you’ll show your support! Then, remember to join us on Thursday Sept 26th for our Annual Membership meeting so you can meet your PMI MGC chapter colleagues! See below for details and to register for this free event! 

Second, since June this year our membership count has been at 96. We are anxiously awaiting member # 100! If you aren’t a current chapter member, or you know someone who might be interested in joining, we’d love you to be a part of our chapter and help promoting the profession of project and program management among our members and within our Mississippi Gulf Coast community! Member # 100 will receive a special welcome packet! You do not have to be a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) to join PMI. Joining is easy--just visit or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Events

Before you see our list of events, did you know that we now accept meeting registration payment onsite at our events using PayPal’s point-of-sale credit card swipers? When you register for any event, just select the “Pay at the door with cash, check or card” payment method, then bring your payment to the meeting.


Thurs Sept 26 Annual Membership Meeting

50thAnnivPMI is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and we're having a PARTY! Join us for FREE food, gather some cool giveaways, hear what the chapter has accomplished so far this year, what's being planned for next year, and meet the chapter's 2020 Board of Directors! We're making waves in the PMI community--learn how you can be a part of the action, from revitalizing the Katrina sculptures to helping plan and host a major learning event next year! 

The food and non-alcoholic drinks are on us! The event is free, but please register so we can have plenty of great food on hand!  Come enjoy the celebration and mingle with colleagues in project and program management in the area! We are pleased to offer this event at one of the Gulf Coast's newest and most premier locations, Mr. Jackie's Wine bar in the glamorous lobby of the Grand Centennial Hotel located at 200 E Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS 39507.


Thurs Oct 17 Dinner meeting: The Evolution of Engineering (CAD) in Manufacturing. Stay tuned for more details! Register by Oct 15th and save $5!


Thurs Nov 21 Dinner meeting: Upcoming changes to the PMP exam, and what PMI's Transformation means to you. Stay tuned for more details! Register by Nov 19th and save $5!


Katrina Sculptures Preservation Project

The Project Management Institute, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter ( was chartered in July of 2015. Our founding goals include giving back to the community and demonstrating the value of our universal project management discipline to the diverse Gulf Coast business community. We have consolidated these goals in our first public effort: The Mississippi Gulf Coast Katrina Sculptures Preservation Project.



These sculptures – carvings of storm-damaged trees still rooted in the ground - are at risk from exposure to sun, sea spray, weather, insects, and natural rot. No organized maintenance or preservation programs currently exist.


PMI MGC proposes to apply project management expertise to organize a maintenance and preservation

Plan (Project Plan) to ensure these sculptures remain viable for the foreseeable future. The restoration effort is intended to be performed as a community service by volunteers and the Project Plan will be developed accordingly.


PMI MGC’s project development approach consists of three phases:

  • Phase 1 – Define the scope of work and necessary resources to accomplish a restoration. (Completed)
  • Phase 2 – Develop a scalable Project Plan to allow a group to organize and execute a restoration effort.
  • Phase 3 – Publicize the availability of our Project Plan for sharing with interested parties.

Katrina Sculpture Restoration Project Phase 1 - The objective of PMIMGC Katrina Sculpture Restoration Project Phase 1 was to determine the effort required to restore a sculpture. “Eagle 1”, the 7 foot sculpture located adjacent to the Splash Pad in the northwest corner of the in War Memorial Park in Pass Christian, MS, was selected for learning.  Phase 1 was completed in April of 2019 and did yield a better understanding of the task in terms of process, materials, tools, skills, effort and cost.  Approximately 60 man-hours of labor were consumed.  The City of Pass Christian reimbursed PMIMGC’s cost.

Katrina Sculpture Restoration Project Phase 2 - The objective of Phase 2 is to apply learning from Phase 1 to organize a restoration as a community project by a group of people.  The intent is to partition the work by skill set into “work packages” consisting of a 2-day time commitment. This approach will to allow teams of 2-4 people to accomplish the restoration in an incremental series of specific tasks that will limit the number of hours required of any one individual. 

Phase 2 will continue our commitment to the City of Pass Christian by restoring 2 sculptures located in the northeast quadrant of War Memorial Park.  The PMIMGC Board of Directors has graciously volunteered to serve as “test subjects” but all volunteers are certainly welcome to participate.   We hope to start this next project in September. Email Randy Shaw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to volunteer. Also watch for a new section on our chapter website dedicated to more detailed information about this community project!

Looking for PDUs?

Would you, or someone you know, like to give a 45-60 minute presentation on a topic relevant to our profession? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact any Board member to discuss. PDUs and a free meal are available for guest speakers!


A few PMI MGC Logo Polo Shirts are still available. Order yours online today and show your chapter pride!

Also, don’t forget that PMI Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter is proud to work with the International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) to provide you 24-hour access to the latest content and courses IIL has to offer. All courses listed in our online catalog are available at the PMI Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter Member preferred pricing and include live virtual and self-paced courses as well as online conferences. 

The 2019 Board of Directors thanks each of you for your continued membership and support, and we look forward to seeing you later this month! If we can be of service at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the Board of Directors page on our website.

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Chapter Membership

Total Members 96
New members this year 23
PMP® Members 52
CAPM® Members 4
PgMP® Members 0
PMI-SP® Members 0
PMI-RMP® Members 1
PMI-ACP® Members 1
PfMP® Members 0
PMI-PBA® Members 0
Breakdown by type  
Individual Members 91
Student Members 5
Other Members 0
PMP/CAPM/PgMP/PMI-SP/PMI-RMP/PMI-ACP/PfMP/PMI-PBA are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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