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WCCS Announces Goal Two of WIRED Grant

Posted on: March 8, 2007

Educators, area residents, entrepreneurs, and economic and business representatives from Dallas, Lowndes, and Perry counties gathered at Wallace Community College Selma Monday to begin the process of implementing the WIRED Grant.

The grant is one of 13 grants totaling $195 million issued around the nation as part of the Labor Department's new WIRED- Workforce Innovation through Regional and Economic Development- initiative.

Wallace Community College Selma, along with seven other community colleges in western Alabama and eastern Mississippi, has been awarded a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to serve 37 counties in western Alabama and eastern Mississippi.

Shandra Smith, Entrepreneur Facilitator of the grant project for WCCS, presented the "The Enterprise-Ready Community Opportunity Roll-Out." This presentation focused on goal two of the grant which focuses on "building enterprise-ready communities." Per the Edward Lowe Foundation Research, "In our 21st Century global economy, research clearly shows communities and regions with higher entrepreneurship rates are doing significantly better," said Smith. Smith also explained the role of WCCS and the role of the community in this grant.

After a brief question and answer session, attendees broke out into four groups to discuss opportunities they would like to see implemented in the immediate future, two to three years from now, and over the next decade.

Ironically, all four groups cited transportation improvements, equity in capital for businesses, more job training to gain better employment opportunities and wages were among the concerns listed. The attendees overwhelmingly agreed that this was indeed a project that was beneficial to our local communities and all agreed to provide continued support of the grant.

"This grant is not about fixing a problem, it's about building solutions," said Dr. James Mitchell, President. "We invite all our communities to join us and help us become a region known for its "enterprise-ready" communities," said Mitchell.

Another meeting will be held within two weeks to continue working on the project.

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