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The Mississippi Urban Research Center (MURC), an entity of Jackson State University (JSU), is located in the capital city of Jackson, Mississippi. Housed in the Jackson Medical Mall, MURC operates under the auspices of the JSU College of Public Service. MURC consists of two units: Research and Contractual Services.

Using multidisciplinary approaches and diverse research methods, MURC provides a structure and setting for conducting research, analyzing public policies and managing research data. MURC serves as a clearinghouse for dissemination of research data on pressing urban life issues, and examines and analyzes these data to make projections regarding policies and initiatives which impact urban life. Relevant data are provided to policymakers, urban planners, service providers, educators and community leaders. Additionally, MURC develops and offers instructional programs, forums, conferences and workshops.