Young professionals working in Alcorn County

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Eight young professionals are preparing to take on more community service through the annual Leadership Alcorn program.
“They will get a broader overview of the community and how things work,” said Andrea Rose of The Alliance, who is coordinating the program. “I’m even learning things I didn’t know, about how interdependent different organizations in the community are.”
Participants in the 2010 class are Rickey L. Brown, MRF Recycling Co.; Brittany Burress, Hamilton-Ryker employment; Meredith Enis, Lamar Advertising; Doug Jumper, Jumper Realty; Karen Beth Martin, Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Stacy Suggs, Alcorn County School District; DuJuana Frazier Thompson, Dogwood Plantation; and Debbie Ward, Kimberly-Clark.
The group spends a day together each month to learn about different aspects of the business world and community life – economic development, industry, small business, government and tourism.

Online resource?
A joint community service project has not been finalized yet, Rose said, but is likely to be an online help resource for the community to use. The group also will conduct a major fundraising project to support the agencies they identify to help.
“There are people needing help now who have never needed to ask for help before, and they just don’t know where to go,” she said.
Individuals also are performing individual community service projects, and the program will end May 4 with a closing reception planned and organized by the group.
Nominations for the biannual program are made by employers, who pay the $100 fee that helps underwrite expenses for the program, along with The Alliance’s Community Development Committee.
“With the economy as it is, we cut back some things that wouldn’t take away from the overall program so that we could lower the cost to help the employers,” Rose said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.