Community Leaders Talk Collaboration at CCC Holiday Luncheon
Members of the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Foundation and Economic Development Authority were welcomed Wednesday afternoon along with county supervisors and other community leaders into Coahoma Community College’s The Gallery for a Holiday Luncheon and a renewed sense of collaboration.
Those in attendance were treated to a holiday lunch with all of the trimmings prepared by CCC’s Culinary Arts students and presented a video documentary of the new direction, improvements and future goals of the college under its new president Dr. Valmadge Towner.
“Many of you have noticed and have been talking about some of our renovations and the improvement projects that you have seen on campus,” said Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness Rosemary Lamb. “The new girls dormitory, the additions to the press box at James E. Miller Stadium, the campus landscaping projects, the Mackey Lake beautification effort thanks to a partnership with the Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board, and even the new fence built around the president’s home on campus that was built by our very own masonry and carpentry students … each of you, in some way, serves as a key ingredient to our successes of our students and Coahoma Community College and we ask for your continued support as we launch into the future and begin this new era.”
Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce President Terry Smith acknowledged those improvements and expressed his gratitude for the many things that CCC brings to the local community.
“Every time I come out here the campus gets bigger and better and the college is such a benefit for everyone in Coahoma County,” Smith said. “The college is a great reflection of our community as a whole, and does a great job speaking for the community as a whole and educating the community as a whole. You help educate everyone from our workforce, to our students both young and old and are a most valuable asset.”
Industrial Board President Charles Langford spoke to the crowd about the economic boost that has recently been experienced in Coahoma County telling the crowd that more development has happened here locally the anywhere else in the entire state. He went on to tell the important role that Coahoma Community College has played in luring new business and industry to the area.
“The college’s ability to train a workforce and its workforce development center were key in bringing companies like Metso and AirGuide to Clarksdale,” Langford said. “Those companies saw how good we worked together and that made them want to be a part of our community. CCC is a very special place that I’ve been associated with for many years and it has so much to offer. Thank you for what you do in our community, and we pledge our support to you in any way we can.”