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July 8, 2009

Great News for Plantersville

Congratulations to the folks in Plantersville for receiving a CDBG Community Self-Help grant from MDA for nearly $100,000! A group of residents have been working diligently to renovate their local community center.

They started with a vision of what this project could become, and they have been working hard to achieve it. In fact, at one meeting they passed around the hat and collected money from the residents to jump start the process. They realized they first had to put some "skin in the game" themselves. Soon after they were successful at being awarded a mini grant from ARC through the Appalachian Community Leadership Program. Now, this latest grant will certainly help them get where they want to be.

This is a great story. It shows that by building consensus around a vision, setting realistic goals, and taking ownership by mobilizing volunteers good things can happen. Hats off to you!

Way to Go Water Valley!

We were excited the other day to witness Water Valley's win at the Mississippi Main Street Association's (MMSA) awards luncheon. A First Impressions community, Water Valley won the 2009 award for the Best Downtown Public Improvement Project!

One of the main observations of Water Valley’s First Impression report was that Duncan Street was a major eyesore for the downtown area. Shortly following the report the “Better Back Street” project was created to improve the appearance of Duncan Street.

An Appalachian Community Learning Project grant as well as donated materials and labor made the project a reality, but the project really came to life with the effort of volunteers. Over 55 volunteers sacrificed their Saturdays to make the “Better Back Street” project a success. What a great success story of mobilizing volunteers for the good of the town.

MMSA said that the project “demonstrates that a little money and a lot of volunteer spirit go a long way to brighten a town’s future.” We are pround of your accomplishments!

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