COOPER - Funding and loan guarantee problems led to the dissolve of previous economic development corporations. Now a committee is refocusing efforts to bring more business to the community.
Judge Herb Brookshire told the group during a July 12 meeting, “It will take two to three years to see results. So, the sooner we get started the better.”
Attorney Jay Garrett says there had previously been two economic development corporations, one set up by the City of Cooper and one by the county.
The initial effort to reestablish an EDC in Delta County came from Derrell London, chairman of the steering committee. He’s indicated that one possibility is to promote Cooper and Delta County as a retirement community.
The group meets again on August 2 at Cooper City Hall.
London is joined on the steering committee by Scotty Stegall, representing the City of Cooper; Herb Brookshire for Delta County; Dr. Torrance Vandygriff of Ben Franklin; Cooper’s Leon Hanson; Rip Templeton representing East End; Carol King of Enloe; Klondike’s Harley Davis; and Wayne Poole from Pecan Gap.