Harvard in the Delta: Reflecting on Five Years of the Community Development Project


Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Carolyn McAdams, Mayor, Greenwood, MS; Carl Allen, MPP 2010; and James Solomon, MPP 2012

About the Seminar
Since 2008, HKS students have engaged the residents of Baptist Town, a rural community in Greenwood, MS, in local community development efforts. The all student-led Community Development Project has grown in unexpected directions but always offered unique service-learning opportunities along the way. At this seminar, the panel will address topics and themes including Baptist Town’s forthcoming revitalization plan, a crowd-sourced grant program supported by Dreamworks Pictures (who filmed part of The Help in Baptist Town), the intersection between Harvard students and local politics, and what the future holds for CDP.

Carolyn McAdams was elected mayor of Greenwood in June 2009. McAdams has made revitalization a priority of her administration, overseeing the development, adoption, and implementation of Greenwood’s first comprehensive plan in more than 30 years. Carl Allen, MPP 2010, is the director of transportation for Boston Public Schools and former program director for the BOS Office of Accountability. While at HKS, Allen was involved in CDP from 2008 to 2011. James Solomon, MPP 2012, is a current HKS student and outgoing co-director of CDP.