The Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Will Coppage to Executive Director. In his new role, he will spearhead industrial attraction; retention and expansion of existing industry; workforce training and development; and Chamber-based initiatives centered on small business.
Coppage, a Greenville native, replaces Cary Karlson who is retiring from the WCEA on July 31, 2019. Coppage began with the WCEA in 2015 as Project Manager and in 2018 was promoted to Deputy Director.
Coppage has been the recipient of Mississippi Top 50 Under 40 (2017), Mississippi Business Journal; Washington County Top 20 Under 40 (2017), Mississippi Development Authority Ambassador (2017); and the Ray and Jimmy Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award (2017), Mississippi Economic Development Council. Coppage holds both a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. He is graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Economic Development Institute. Coppage is a United States Air Force veteran. Prior to joining the WCEA, he worked as Executive Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Greenville, MS. His wife, Missy, is the Director of Gymnastics at the Hodding Carter Memorial YMCA in Greenville, and his daughter, Lyla Jane, will be four years old in August.
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