The Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District, headquartered in Natchez, Miss., is a private, nonprofit organization that provides regional community and economic development services. It serves Amite, Claiborne, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties in Southwest Mississippi. The organization provides direct assistance to individuals in areas, such as financing for business start-up and expansion and payments for child care services. Its staff members participate in various community groups that are concerned with issues, including the development of tourism and solid waste management. The Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District offers services to senior citizens in the areas of homemakers, ombudsman, case management and service coordination, transportation, legal assistance, senior discounts and adult day care.