CDC working to grow Coahoma

It may be the biggest secret in the Crossroads area, but board members of the Coahoma Development Corporation want folks to know the entity is doing its best to build Coahoma pride. Since Oct. 1, 2010, the seven-member board has been striving to improve the quality of life for Coahoma residents. CDC is a Type B Economic Development Corporation which was approved the voters in a May 2010 election. The voters approved the collection of an additional half-cent sales tax to be collected and used toward economic development in the community. “Our mission statement focuses on improving the situation in city conditions and making Coahoma a nicer place to live and work,” Coahoma Mayor Warren Wallace said. CDC board president Bruce Allen added, “We are trying do improve the quality of life in Coahoma.”The board is comprised of Marie Ethridge, vice president; Cindy Fowler, secretary; David Alaman, treasurer; and members David Elmore, Lori Martinez and Gene Hector. “We are a group of business owners, homemakers, retired persons who have a place in Coahoma,” Allen said. “We are each focused on making Coahoma a better place to live.”Since the inception of the CDC, several beautification projects have started. According to Allen, the city and CDC have entered into a joint venture to improve the look of the city's entrances. Several office spaces are being renovated in hopes of finding new occupants. The newest venture is the recent purchase and renovation of the former Little Sooper. “We are in the process of taking bids for the roofing so we can fix up the building and hopefully look to bring in a new grocery store,” Allen said. Future projects for the CDC include looking into a possible project that will provide water to the the ball fields while not taking away from the drinking water, according to Mayor Wallace. “We will continue to look for ways to draw attention to Coahoma and encouraging people to look around and possibly relocate to Coahoma,” Allen said. “The beautification projects will continue.”For those wanting to find out more about the CDC, meetings are open to the public and held the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Coahoma City Hall. “We encourage anyone to come and attend a meeting and share any ideas they may have with us,” Allen said.