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2010-2020 Strategic Community Plan for Phillips County to be released Thursday night
Helena on Ice festivities will officially get started with some good news. The Delta Bridge Project is all set to release the 2010-2020 Strategic Community Plan for Phillips County during the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. this Thursday night at Court Square Park.
The second phase of the DBG had more than 600 community members as participants. The new plan will build on the successes of the ambitious Strategic Plan, which helped generate more than $74 million of investments in Phillips County projects.
Mayor James Valley, Mayor-elect Arnell Willis and U.S. District Judge Brian Miller will speak briefly about the progress Phillips County has made during the past five years during the brief program. They also will outline priorities for the future.
A Delta Bridge Project tent will house examples of past successes in Phillips County and new projects and projects moving forward also will be on display. DBP leaders will serve free holiday treats as they pass out the new strategic plan.
“This will be an exciting celebratory event,” said Dr. Steven Murray, chancellor of Phillips Community College and founding chairperson of the Delta Bridge Project Steering Committee in 2004. “We’ll get a chance to look back at some of the significant successes of the past five years and look forward to the next decade of hard work ahead of us.”
“The 2010-2020 plan is our community’s shared playbook for success,” stated Doug Friedlander, current chairperson of the Steering Committee and new Phillips County Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We’ll have to all push in the same direction to achieve our vision for a better Phillips County.”
The DBP is the county’s response to several decades of economic stagnation and population exodus. The Strategic Community Plan was developed as a guiding document for change and establishes goals in the essential areas of education, economic development, housing, leadership and health care.
The DBP effort has provided support for more than 70 projects in those areas including community cleanup efforts, the Boys & Girls Club of Phillips County, Southern Place Apartments, Delta AHEC, the creation of the sweet potato storage facility, the King Biscuit Blues Festival, a low-interest downtown loan fund, a Teen Court and Youth Diversion program and a number of public education initiatives.
Community leaders in Coahoma County, Miss., just across the river, are launching their own version of the Delta Bridge Project under the leadership of Southern Bancorp in collaboration with several community partners.
“Five years ago, the first phase of the Delta Bridge Project kicked off a flurry of collaboration commitment and accomplishment on the part of the entire Phillips County community,” stated Joe Black, president of Southern Bancorp Capital Partners. “The second phase of the Delta Bridge Project will build on those tremendous successes and help take Phillips County to even greater heights. We invite all Phillips County residents to join us Thursday night as we collectively begin to write the next chapter in our community’s history.”