Welcome to C.O.C.O.!
The Council of Community Organizations of Oktibbeha County, Inc. (C.O.C.O.)
with headquarters located in Starkville, Mississippi is a non-profit organization
tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and a network
service provider with focus on economic development at all levels of community
life. The organization was founded in 1984 as a provider of services
to the community. Today, the organization's Phase I is fully operational
in providing services to the community. Phase II is expected to be starting
in Summer 2007 and Phase III thereafter.
What is C.O.C.O.?
C.O.C.O. stands for
"COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS," a nonprofit corporation
tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code concerned
with individual and economic development at all levels of community life.
Any organization or
individual concerned about the economic, social, or political status of the
community is eligible to join C.O.C.O.
How does C.O.C.O.
C.O.C.O. is managed
by a Board of Directors. The Board elects its own Officers. The
President appoints committees to help manage the affairs of C.O.C.O.
covers Oktibbeha County and its cities and towns.
Types of Affiliates:
C.O.C.O. is open to
all clubs and organizations that are interested and willing to participate
in our programs. All groups are invited to join. Like-minded
individuals are welcome also.
is to provide services to the community through economic development.
is to insure progress through education, industry, initiative, and pursuit
of our goals.
- To make the dream of economic
development a reality.
- To buy or build a home for C.O.C.O. We
want economic control over what we use.
- To insure progress through education,
industry, initiative, and pursuit of our goals. We will develop
all of the skills and attitudes necessary for this mission.
- To advocate self-reliance, self-help,
and cooperative effort on jobs to big for the individual, or the smaller
- To enhance the quality of life
with moral support, financial support, integrity, and honest work.
- To establish channels of communication
and the framework for teamwork among members.
- To provide a forum for discussion
of issues so members can hear both sides and make knowledgeable, informed
- To use the political process
more effectively in dealing with city and county government.
C.O.C.O. believes that through
these things unity will be achieved: moral, industry, intellectual, community
service, recreation, and spiritual.
C.O.C.O. formed in 1984 with a
dream to construct an educational building and recreational community center
for Oktibbeha County. On November 18, 1994, C.O.C.O. broke
ground bringing a 10-year dream into reality. The purpose of the
facility is to serve as a meeting place for family reunions, meetings, concerts
as well as a facility for educational, moral, spiritual, and recreational
uses for residents of Oktibbeha County. After the groundbreaking,
collaborations began with other community organizations including Mississippi
State University. The result of these collaborations brought the following
visions for the facility: grant writing, an arts program, preservation of
cultural heritage, health and crafts fairs, and recreational activities. Some
of the early dreamers were David Rogers, Jimmie Lee Randle, Sr., Viola Johnson,
Katie Franklin, Wilbur Logan, Evette Harps-Logan, *Yancy Outlaw Jr., *Bennie
Butler, *William B. Robinson, *Dr. Douglas Conner, *Ozzie Elliot, Rep. Tyrone
Ellis, Rev. Donald Anderson, Emma Randle, Peggy J. Rogers, and Virginia Gandy.
service organizers Rev. David Miles, Viola Johnson and Rev. Merlin D. Conoway
Saturday ribbon cutting and dedication service for the new community center
on Highway 182 East.
of the Council of Community Organizations of Oktibbeha County held a
groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 18, 1997 at the new site on old Highway 82.
David Rogers, left,
the Rev. David Miles and Jimmy Randle look over blueprints as the
community center they hoped for rises around them on Feb. 10, 1995.
Luther King III shares a hug and smile with Starkville residents Martha Rice
Vaughn (center) and Elma Robinson. More than 300 people turned out to
hear the oldest son of the late
Martin Luther King, Jr. at the C.O.C.O. Center on Feb. 28, 1996.
State University President Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong spoke to students
about the dangers of smoking during a week long camp at the C.O.C.O. Center.
taps $50,000 in federal grant funds
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