Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Why Join The Chamber?

Since moving back and beginning my career with the Washington County Economic Alliance, I have had many friends and residents praise the work we have done over the last few years. #WashCoMS is more competitive in workforce and industrial recruitment than it has been in the last 40 years. What many don't know, is that Chamber memberships are part of the funding sources that not only allow us to have great services for our community but help in my job in preparing our buildings and sites as well as recruitment. Therefore, when you ask, "Why Should I Join the Chamber?" - Well my answer is that you are helping to make our community stronger. So if you are not a member, please consider signing up your business or as an individual you show your support by joining. Thank you! #OurStoryWashCoMS


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Land Here, Lead Here, and Love It Here - Washington County, Mississippi

I wanted to share a great video of where I am from. My hometown is Greenville, MS. This video highlights some of the amazing assets of Washington County, which Greenville is in. #OurStoryWashCoMS

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy New Year from the Coppages.

We hope that 2018 brings success and prosperity for all.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Coppage Selected as MS Business Journal Top 50 Under 40

Last week was the banquet for MBJ's Top 50 Under 40 for the State of Mississippi. I was honored to be selected.

My coworkers from Washington County Economic Alliance joined me that day.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Coppage Selected as Washington County Top 20 Under 40

I was honored to have been selected for this honor. More so, I look at the peers I share these pages with and get excited for the talent that is in my home county. Below are screen shots of the magazine. You can grab your own copy at the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, MS.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Coppage wins the 2017 Ray and Jimmy Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award


February 2, 2017

Washington County, MS – The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) announced that William L. Coppage won the 2017 Ray and Jimmy Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award on February 2, 2017.

The Ray Heidel Leadership Award was established in 1995 by the Mississippi Economic Development Council to honor the life and contributions to the profession by Ray Heidel.  In 1999 the name was changed to The Ray and Jimmy Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award to recognize Jimmy Heidel’s contributions to the profession on both the local and statewide levels. The Jimmy & Ray Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award is presented during True South Basic Economic Development Course at the University of Southern MS.   The purpose of the award is to foster further economic development practitioner leadership skills.

William Lusk Coppage, a native of Greenville, MS, serves as the Economic Development Project Manager with the Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA). As the Project Manager, Coppage assists the Executive Director, Cary Karlson, on various economic development projects including business retention and attraction, as well as being responsible for online communications and ongoing data collection.

Prior to joining the WCEA, Coppage held the position of Executive Assistant to the Mayor with the City of Greenville. He served in the United States Air Force as a Crew Chief on a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. Coppage is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter. He has also numerous poetry and prose publications including in the Oxford American and Greensboro Review. His 2012 collection, Fantasies of Men won the 2012 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest. Coppage graduated from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, NC with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has both a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA.  Coppage and his wife Missy (Gymnastics Program Director & Head Coach at The Hodding Carter Memorial YMCA) reside in Greenville with their daughter, Lyla Jane, and two pound puppies, Jolene and Townes.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

#MSRiverFlood2016 - 12/30/2015 (44ft)

As the water was rising (44ft), the levee roads were full of trucks and trailers and moving vans. Like ants, moving a mound, so much traffic filled the levee and lake roads.

I was helping my parents move everything from under the house and was able to snap a few pics.