OUR VIEW: Community leader, developer, real friend’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 6, 2007

The West Alabama community is mourning the loss of a stellar community leader. Community economic developer James Mock died unexpectedly Thursday.

Community leaders remember Mock for his devotion to community development and the support he gave the Black Belt community throughout the years.

Mock served as the director of the University of West Alabama Regional Center for Community and Economic Development since the inception of the office in June 2003. He was largely responsible for establishing the Center as a major player in the development of business and industry, workforce training and leadership training throughout the region he said.

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Demopolis Mayor Cecil Williamson said she remembers Mock for the work he has done for the community. She described Mock as a &8220;real friend&8221; to the Black Belt community working to make the community the best it would be.

Recently Mock was instrumental in acquiring a grant for the City of Linden in efforts for community economical development, where he served as facilitator for the city. Efforts such as the development plan for Linden is what Mock will be remembered best for. He leaves behind big shoes to fill and a community with a great loss.