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Delta Bridge Project focuses on goals
The Delta Bridge Project shifts back to the Pinnacle at 5:30 p.m. today, as the goal teams delve more deeply into the five pillars set forth when the DBP got under way in 2010.
“The goal teams will review the objectives and goals they have been working on and refine them,” says DBP director Lois McMurchy-Erwin. “Each team will have a facilitator to help them in the process.”
The five pillars established by the DBP Steering Committee last fall are economic development, education, health care, housing and leadership.
The goal teams will meet four times independently for the next two months to “define what the goals and objectives are.”
A Southern Bancorp Delta Bridge Project employee will work with each team. Erwin is the community development director for Southern Bancorp in Clarksdale.
Joe Black, president of Southern Bancorp’s Capital Partners, coordinated the plans to begin the Delta Bridge Project in Coahoma County modeling it after the one that has been operating in Phillips County (Helena-West Helena) for the past six years.
Joe Webb, Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center’s chief operating officer, is chairman of the DBP steering committee.
Erwin said economic development was such a large entity it was divided into three sub teams – economic development, infrastructure and tourism.
The goal teams will conduct one-hour breakout sessions tonight to refine the drafting of the goals and a review session is planned following the breakout sessions.
Black said some $800,000 had already been invested to boost Coahoma County including $150,000 toward the construction of the Sunflower River weir project.
When the DBP held its initial meeting last October, Webb noted that one-third of Coahoma County’s 26,000-plus residents live “below the poverty level” and that unemployment stood at 12.4 percent.