In the early 21st century, Mississippi saw a surge in education, with nearly 11 percent of its population receiving some form of public or university education. Community Economic Development (CED) is an essential process for any community, regardless of size or location. As the world continues to evolve and the digital age takes hold, it is important to understand how CED is affected. When implemented correctly, CED can help communities remain competitive and adapt to a rapidly changing environment. In 1995, Bishop Dr.
visited the New Jerusalem Church in Jackson, Mississippi with no intention of dedicating himself to the ministry. He had his sights set on following in his father's footsteps, but fate had other plans. Even in times of crisis, having a supportive community can make all the difference. Community functions range from economy (providing goods and services) to socialization (transmitting knowledge, values, and behavioral patterns) to social control (influencing behavior to conform to norms), social participation (allowing residents to participate in their communities) and mutual support (providing help and support). With committed leaders and a clear vision of where the community wants and needs to be, CED can move communities forward in a comprehensive way.
Community development is about people planning to change a specific situation in their communities.