December 14th, 2010
Three-year grant will fund facility in historic downtown Helena.
An $186,000 Delta Bridge Project grant will be used to renovate, equip and staff a 9,100 square-foot business incubator and entrepreneurship training center in downtown Helena.
Phillips College’s historic Ohio Street building will be the home of the business incubator. An innovative model for a flexible, sustainable rural business incubator was developed through a 2009 feasibility study that PCCUA and the strategic support team, Thrive, conducted.
November 29th, 2010
Ice-skating, of course, will be the main attraction at the first annual Helena on Ice scheduled Dec. 9-12. However, plans also are shaping up for a spectacular four days of Christmas music, food and fun in the Court Square Park.
Thanks to the efforts of the Helena-West Helena Advertising and Promotions Commission, All Year Sports will bring its own Super Glide synthetic ice rink for the event. Skates will be provided so that kids and adults can “glide” or “stumble” around the 40×40 rink.
Tickets are $5 per skater. Children under 5 may skate free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets may be purchased at Helena National Bank, Cherry Street and West branches and Southern Bancorp at the Cherry Street and Plaza Street branches.
November 17th, 2010
The Delta Bridge Project is finally getting down to the nitty gritty as area business and professional leaders gathered this past week to outline many of Coahoma County’s assets, liabilities and potential for growth.
“We’ve been talking about it. We need to get started,” Joe Black told a crowd of about 100 gathered Thursday afternoon in the Clarksdale Civic Auditorium.
Black, president of Southern Bancorp’s Capital Partners, and Joe Webb, Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center’s chief operating officer, presided at the strategy sessions. Webb is serving as chairman of the Delta Bridge Project’s steering committee.
November 2nd, 2010
BOLTON, MISSISSIPPI – Today, United States Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) announced The United States Department of Housing & Urban Development has awarded $710,900 to Southern Bancorp Capital Partners of Helena, Arkansas to build on momentum for the neighboring Coahoma County, Mississippi by developing a detailed, sophisticated plan for revitalizing the physical and economic infrastructure of the County, including housing, transportation, natural resources, and water systems. The Sustainable Communities planning process will follow on the heels of the county-wide strategic planning process that is currently underway, and will involve stakeholders and members of the general public developing a more detailed, in-depth plan for the areas covered by the Sustainable Communities program.
October 19th, 2010
Joe Black, president of Southern Bancorp Capital Partners, speaks at the Delta Bridge Project community kickoff Tuesday night at the Coahoma Community College Pinnacle. Other participants pictured are, from left, Graeme A. Bethell, president and CEO of Gussing Renewable Energy America; Michael J. Dichana of Gussing, Austria; Henry Espy, Clarksdale mayor; Elder Joe Phillipps, Jonestown mayor; and Rep. Chuck Espy, D.-Clarksdale.