New Community Development Corporation and Staff to Coordinate Initiatives
Date: May 17, 2017
Appleton City, MO- West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (West Central) is pleased to announce recent efforts focused on regional economic development in its 9-county service region. West Central Community Development Corporation (WCCDC) has recently been established to focus on regional, community economic development issues, and has hired its first staff member to coordinate initiatives.
In an effort to expand its ability to positively impact more of Missouri households facing economic hardship, WCCDC was formed and new staff positions have been created. Under the leadership of Chris Thompson, President and CEO, unexplored areas of opportunity within West Central’s service region have been identified, and due to those areas of opportunity, WCCDC will develop new programs to address such local needs and opportunities.
The first employment position filled within WCCDC was “Community Wealth Building Director” (CWBD). Patty Cantrell of Humansville, Missouri, assumed her duties on May 8th, 2017.
In her new role, Cantrell will be focused on microenterprise and cooperative development, rural innovation, and small business expansion.
Chris Thompson, President and CEO, said, “We are fortunate to have Patty join our agency to assist in the coordination and implementation of initiatives to enhance local economies. Her extensive knowledge and experience in collaborative development work will be tremendous assets to our region.”
Cantrell has done extensive work in the field of local food solutions to enhance rural, community economic development. She serves currently as the Economic Developer for Bates County, and has worked as a consultant, journalist, community organizer, and advocate for local, healthy food initiatives. She has an MBA from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science.
Cantrell has been a keynote speaker for the Florida Small Farm Conference and the Kansas Healthy Communities Initiative. In addition, Cantrell is a Fulbright Scholar, studying labor economics and economic development in Cologne, Germany, and was a National Food and Society Policy Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has been a featured speaker for TEDx Manhattan and the Missouri Farm to School Conference, among others. She brings to WCCDC a wealth of knowledge in local development.
More information will be released at a later date regarding new initiatives and programs through West Central Community Development Corporation.
West Central Community Development Corporation’s mission is: “To enhance the socio-economic well-being of individuals, families and communities in West Central Missouri through local, participatory wealth-building initiatives intended to engage all community members in the collective pursuit of resilient, sustainable rural communities.”
West Central Missouri Community Action Agency is dedicated to empowering people to make a positive change by coordinating and administering resources. West Central’s service region includes the counties of Cedar, Vernon, Hickory, St. Clair, Bates, Henry, Benton, Morgan, and Cass. West Central Missouri Community Action Agency strives to be the voice in our communities and our governments for those most in need.
Assistance units within the organization include the following: Community Services, Employment and Training, Energy Conservation, Health Services, Housing, and Early Childhood Education (Headstart).
If you’d like more information about West Central Community Action Agency or West Central Community Development Corporation, please visit www.wcmcaa.org or you may call Gina Ensor at 660-476-2185 ext. 1117.