Chawla Hospitality Academy

Project Type(s): College or Vocational Training and Hotel

Project Year: 2014

CDE(s): MuniStrategies

NMTC amount: $6,435,000

Total Project Costs: $6,682,288

The Chawla family, owners of one of the most successful hospitality companies in Mississippi, has joined forces with Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) to create a new job-training institute that will be designed to attract hospitality trainees from across the region.

A new, 63-room ($6.5M) Hampton Inn in the rural Mississippi Delta has partnered with Coahoma Community College, where the new hospitality-training program will be housed. Specific fields of study and certification will be in the areas of management, technical maintenance, housekeeping inspectors, and guest service agents.  Due to the town’s strategic location, growing tourism base as the home of the BB King Museum, and the opportunity to create a training facility, the Chawla family has committed to invest in this highly distressed, rural area in a way that will build the community and increase job opportunities for a region that has traditionally struggled with workforce readiness.