LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation
Memphis TN 38107

Phone: 901-672-8420
Fax: 901-672-8417

Email: info@loccdc.org


Jeffrey Higgs
President & CEO

Austin Emeagwai

Christian Davis
Community Development Manager

Tillmon Keaton
Construction Foreman


Board of Directors:
Michael Minor - Chair

Jennifer Stewart - Vice Chair
Jim Dugger - Treasurer
Toni Strong- Secretary

To raise the economic and educational levels of those that live and work in the Lemoyne-Owen College community, foster and sustain a community process that will eliminate racial tension, prejudice and discrimination; lessen sickness, poverty and crime; and expand education, recreation, housing and economic opportunities in Soulsville, USA.


LOCCDC caters to all members of the community, young and old with its array of programs, initiatives and activities such as: economic development, housing development and community development through youth development services for young boys through LOC Family Life Center; an adolescent parenting self-sufficiency program, Project Second Chance; Business Development Courses through the AmSouth Center for Entrepreneurship—(BDI) Business Development Institute; Career Express—The Job Training Fast lane – workforce development initiative; home buyer education classes; financial literacy classes; and computer literacy classes. These services are open to all interested members of the Memphis community.

New Towne Center at Soulsville USA--LOCCDC has recently completed $14 million dollar economic development project that will house retail and office spaces and a full size grocery store in the heart of South Memphis – Soulville, USA. The project will create 212 full time jobs and 55 part time positions.


The neighborhood boundaries are EH Crump on the North, S. Kerr Ave on the South, S. Bellvue Blvd on the East and S. Third St. on the West. CLICK HERE to get boundary map.


LOCCDC’s housing development initiative involves acquiring vacant land in targeted housing development zones, working with the City of Memphis and LeMoyne-Owen College to have dilapidated vacant homes demolished, rehabilitated, and/ or replaced with new housing in the target areas. This initiative has yielded over 14 new homes and 7 rehabilitations and 70 Minor Home Repairs and counting. The completed projects have been purchased by low to moderate income home buyers at an affordable rate.

The AmSouth Center for Entrepreneurship Business Development Institute (BDI) is a 10 week entrepreneurship training program for low and very income potential small business owners. Funded by AmSouth Bank and the US Department Small Business Administration in 2002, the BDI has graduated over 400 potential business people and counting. The ten week intensive program meets once a week for 2 ½ hours with subjects ranges from how to select the proper form of business, accounting for small business, legal forms of business, and franchising 101to preparing a business plan and management of people, money and customers. The BDI has created opportunities for those interested or already in business to expand their knowledge base and/or decided if entrepreneurship is right for them. The BDI has created over 15 new businesses and assisted many others in deciding if the time is right to become entrepreneurs or simply stay on their present jobs.

The LeMoyne-Owen College Family Life Center (LOCFLC) has successfully promoted your development for the last 3 years and counting. LOCFLC provides mentoring services and supports young boys (3rd -5th grade academically and socially. These services offer an intervention strategy that will prevent them from becoming school drop-outs and taking the wrong paths as they fast mature and become the next generation youths. To date, LOCFLC has graduated 265 youth.

The LOC Project Second Chance is designed to provide Teen Mothers with an opportunity to advance in life through a second chance at responsible activities and professional guidance. This is accomplished through a Saturday Teen Academy where these young mothers are instructed in financial literacy, financial management, social responsibility, job skills as required, parenting skills as needed, other skills that will give them an opportunity to advance beyond their current lot in life. This program has seen over 18 teen mothers graduate.

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