The Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) at Delta State University (DSU) was organized in 1994 and was tasked to engage in teaching, outreach, and research programs that improve and enhance the quality of life in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta region and to address issues of poverty in the university service area by using university resources to shape advancement strategies. The goals of the CCED advances the public service mission of the University through its commitment to addressing the major development issues of its home region, an area characterized by pervasive rural poverty and underdevelopment. The programs developed and implemented through the Center are strong indicators of Delta State University’s renewed public service partnership with its home region — the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta.
To fulfill its mission, the Center for Community and Economic Development works to fulfill six long-term goals related to human resources, leadership, organization, community and economic development as follows:
GOAL 1: To address wealth disparity in the MS Delta by mobilizing community members and organizations as well as regional and state organizations to engage aggressively in asset-building values and activities that stabilize low-income families and improve the quality of life for residents of the Mississippi Delta.
GOAL 2: To develop services and programs that maintain the identity of individuals, promote inclusion, and foster appreciation among all members of the University and the Delta
GOAL 3: To provide technical assistance to organizations in the Delta
GOAL 4: To revitalize communities by providing effective and efficient programs in community service
GOAL 5: To build partnerships in the Delta that will foster a sense of community consistent with the Center’s mission
GOAL 6: To establish formal collaborative relationships with other institutions to develop and implement applied research, educational programs and other public service activities in Delta communities