A two day workshop helps enhance communities

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Updated: 5/21/2013 6:20 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- If you have an idea that will help enhance your community, why not bring that idea to life.

That was the message behind a 2 day workshop held in Tupelo Tuesday.

"This is the Appalachian Community Learning Project and, we've got about 10 communities here and they will pitch an idea to our investors [who may] give them $3,000 in seed money," said Mike Armour with the Mississippi Appalachian Regional Commission.

Organizers say the goal is to help all those in attendance set a target and get results.

Gillian Williams and her team have been partnering with ARC for several years and help teach the groups how to fine tune their ideas in order to breed success.

"The whole approach is really a results-based and so it's what is the result that folks are looking to achieve. Whether it is a change in a community or if it's a change in academic achievement for kids. Then we look for the people who are the spark plugs to pull that off. So everyone in this room behind me is a spark plug," said Gillian Williams President of The Rensselaerville Institute. 

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