Corinth and Alcorn County are on the move and The Alliance’s new director of community development is looking forward to being part of an even brighter future.
Corinth native Lane Williams Yoder and her husband, Bill Yoder, recently returned to her hometown after living the past nine years in Tullahoma, Tenn. and she’s thrilled to see the progress the community has made.
“It’s just amazing to see the transformation throughout Alcorn County. We’re just glad to get swept up in that momentum that’s already been started,” she said.
Yoder said Corinth is a very special place and she’s glad to be able to take on a role allowing her to help share and build on all the good things happening in the community.
As community development director, she oversees the activities of the Community Development Council and its numerous programs.
“The overarching goal of the community development council is to continue the great work that’s been started to make Corinth and Alcorn County an amazing place to live for those of us who are here now, for those who will live here in the future and for those who want to visit,” she explained.
Among the efforts operated through the Community Development office of The Alliance are the biannual Leadership Alcorn for adults and the annual Junior Leadership Alcorn programs aimed at high school sophomores and juniors. Both programs are designed to teach participants about the county and help them work on leadership skills to create and support new and future leaders.
She will also be in charge of Corinth Professionals, a program which offers opportunities for professionals of all ages to make connections with others and find ways to get more involved in the community.
Corinth First is also a key part of The Alliance’s vision for the community and encourages people to always think local first when they’re shopping, dining and doing any other activities.
“We want to try to keep the tax dollars that we all spend on the necessities and wants of life here in Alcorn County to benefit our citizens,” she explained.
She’s also excited about the EnvisionCorinth 2040 long-term plan and will be looking at ways to aid that program.
“We want to see what the CDC through The Alliance can do to move things along to improve an already amazing community,” she said.
Yoder, the daughter of Corinth’s Sandy and Rosemary Williams, married her husband, new Trustmark National Bank Community Bank President Bill Yoder, in 2011 and made the move to Tullahoma. She most recently served as executive director of the Motlow College Foundation at Motlow State Community College in Lynchburg, Tenn. where she served as the primary fundraiser for the school building relationships with the community and donors.
A graduate of Corinth High School and former city president for Regions Bank, the University of the South economics graduate has found her hometown to be a welcoming and unique place.
One of the first things she discovered was the lengthy history many share.
“There are so many people who were born here and raised here, generations upon generations,” she said. “As a result, you have this built in camaraderie when you come back home.”
Yoder said she also believes the community’s dedication to preserving and building on its history places it in a special position.
“We’ve really done a great job of preserving our historic facades and our historic homes and telling Corinth’s history and that makes it special,” she said.
Mississippi’s reputation for hospitality also makes it a wonderful place to live and work.
“Mississippi has to be the friendliest state in the nation. You don’t meet a stranger.”