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.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Looking Back at 2011 (Again - 2015/16 Edition)

I recently found some pics that I believe show the community, effort, and tribulations of living next to the MS River.

Music Mondays (12/28/2015) - Philip Larkin and Nirvana

With the birth of my daughter, and the reviving of Music Mondays, I thought this was appropriate. I think these two mash well with themes of doubt, desire, and the reality that imperfection exists even when we think we are doing what's best.

This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.

Philip Larkin


Here Comes the Water - #MSRIVERFLOOD2016

We have been blessed since 2011 that we have not had monumental high waters in the MS Delta. On Christmas Eve, as we were gathering with our family, we got the call that the river stage was going to hit 50 feet. While this is over our driveway, and lapping near our front door, it is manageable.

Now, the river stage was been updated. On Dec. 27, 2015, the river is projected to crest on January 14, 2016 at 57.5.

Water will be, at this level, about 5 to 6 feet under our house. We had raised our house after the 2011. I plan to documents, as I have in the past.

I am posting below by "wrap up" post after the 2011 flood. Please visit it to see pictures or flood stages.

Looking Back at the Flood of 2011