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Development director aims to make community better
by Jebb Johnston
Sep 09, 2017 | 6703 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Development Director Virginia-Boyd James talks with Alliance President Clayton Stanley. / Staff photo by Zack Steen
Community Development Director Virginia-Boyd James talks with Alliance President Clayton Stanley. / Staff photo by Zack Steen
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After choosing to make Corinth home earlier this year, The Alliance’s Virginia-Boyd James hopes to be a part of making the city an attractive choice for young professionals and retirees.

She became the new community development director in April, succeeding Andrea Rose. The Community Development Council’s programs focus on retail, leadership and education, retirement and young professionals. The latter is of particular interest to James.

“My main focus with this new position has been to really revamp and revitalize the Corinth Professionals program,” said James. “Corinth and Alcorn County are swarming with young professionals that either grew up here and stayed in Corinth, came back to Corinth, or were relocated here to work for one of our industries or local businesses. My goal is to grow this network of young talent in Corinth so we can retain professionals in the community as well as attract new young talent to our thriving community.”

She is expanding the group’s online presence and sending a monthly newsletter to more than 100 up-and-comers.

“The goal of this newsletter is to create a defined network for those who are not familiar with Corinth and are looking to get involved in the community or meet others that are their age,” said James. “I hope to further accomplish this by hosting monthly networking happy hours at member businesses as well as sponsoring Corinth Professionals kickball teams at the local park.”

James grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and attended the University of Mississippi, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in public policy leadership. In Oxford, she worked as executive assistant to the mayor and then spent time in Ireland working as an au pair for a family with three boys.

She worked as an assistant event manager for Cricket Newman Designs in South Carolina before coming to Corinth in April after marrying John James. She has Mississippi roots, with her father being from Jackson and her mother from Prentiss.

As the CDC director, she also oversees programs including Shop Corinth First, Leadership Alcorn and Junior Leadership Alcorn, and the Senior Connectors retiree group. She also works with the school districts to facilitate the Mississippi Scholars and Mississippi TechMaster programs for the Mississippi Economic Council.

James is excited to have a role in building an attractive quality of life for the area.

“Corinth as a community has so much to offer, so I am hoping to benefit the community by helping to attract young talent to our area and continue to support and enhance our community livability,” she said.
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