Tupelo, MS's CDF Center
The Community Development Foundation has a new home for fulfilling its mission of creating jobs, developing communities and fostering business. The new CDF Center is the first LEED-certified building in downtown Tupelo’s Fairpark District, and was designed with the Tupelo/Lee County community in mind.
"The Lee County Board of Supervisors saw the opportunity to raise the knowledge and image of local economic development efforts by continuing the success of the Renasant Center for IDEA's with the new CDF Center," says Phil Morgan, president of the Lee County Board of Supervisors. "The opportunity to get a 50/50 federal matching grant made the decision to build the CDF Center feasible.
“We hope this building will be inviting for prospects, a place of pride for community citizens, and another tool for Lee County's future development success."
Meetings and More
The first floor of the CDF Center houses Tupelo/Lee County’s Chamber of Commerce, plus an array of meeting and conference rooms designed to meet the needs of the CDF membership. The state-of-the art boardroom can seat up to 70 and features vast audio-visual capabilities.
Rubye Del Harden, president of Results, Inc. in Tupelo, has used the CDF Center for training and client meetings. A CDF member, she appreciates the centralized location and ease of use of the center’s spaces.
“The new CDF Center is great for business meetings, luncheons and workshops. It is light and airy, and the training rooms are private, well-appointed and comfortable," Harden says. "The CDF staff is friendly, helpful and accommodating. It is everything you want in a training facility.”
Growing Businesses, Creating Jobs
The facility’s second floor is completely dedicated to new innovative business and research development space. Prospective companies have the flexibility to build out the area to meet their needs. Just as the Renasant Center for IDEAs, Tupelo/Lee County’s regional business incubator, offers business space and a comprehensive bundle of services, the CDF Center’s second floor offers the same amenities with added security.
The building’s third floor houses CDF’s Economic Development Division, along with the executive and financial suites. The executive conference room overlooking the Fairpark District is the cornerstone of the building, providing a progressive, picturesque view for CDF to share the Tupelo Story with prospective industrial clients from across the world.
Friendly Faces and Collaborative Spaces
To date, the CDF Center has hosted almost 1,000 people. Its synergetic spaces and immense technological capabilities make it a resource for the community and a refuge for CDF members to meet, collaborate and learn. In addition, members can rely on a professional staff to assist in the CDF Center experience.
When Philips Day-Brite needed space to conduct a weeklong series of meetings, the company found exactly what it needed in the CDF Center.
"The CDF Center is immaculate and the staff was professional and courteous," says Mary Leigh Johnson, HR specialist with Philips Day-Brite. "During our meetings, we worked diligently to establish an atmosphere that balanced the needs of the business with the needs of the workforce. I believe that the facility and the staff added to that atmosphere."
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