Community and economic development conference planned

From press reports


Louisville, MS, July 14, 2017– The public is invited to a community and economic development conference at the Cooperative Extension Office at 155 Vance Street, Louisville, MS, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Attend if you are interested in improving/developing your community: improve and increase housing, create new jobs. Find out what’s available through USDA Rural Development and Mississippi Development Authority. Find out who (which entities) can apply for the funds and how the funds can be used in your community.  Please pre-register your attendance by sending your email address to by July 10, 2017.

“After serving as a Technical Assistance Provider for the SBA Community Express Loan Program and helping 418 small businesses to receive approximately $5 million, we wanted to do more to help communities and make a difference,” states Sandra M Edwards, Executive Director, Spectrum CDC.

The conference is more about what community residents want.

“It would be nice to go to a corner store instead of riding to town for everything.”

Established in 1991 as an educational youth organization, YO INC (Youth Organized for Integrity & Nurturing Citizenship, Inc.) evolved to serve the whole community. The name changed to Spectrum CDC and the organization operates from four (4) main programs: Education, Health & Wellness, Business Development and Housing. Our mission is to assist communities to become more self-sufficient. That means community residents working together to make a difference.

•            Spectrum CDC’s primary focus is on empowering individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to effect change in their communities.

•            The second focus is on the development of new sustainable jobs in communities that want “development.”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Sandra M Edwards at 601-813-9420 or email at