Ruth Talton of Arts Revive; Nivory Gordon, state director of USDA; Fran Pearce and Gale Bedgood of Arts Revive were among those who participated in a downtown developers and businesses meeting of the Selma Redevelopment Authority Sept. 9. Photos by Fred Guarino.

A redevelopment expert with the US Department of Agriculture encouraged Selma to work together to improve the economy.

“You already have economic challenges. If you are not going to work together, then you start to decrease your opportunities and chances,” USDA State Director Nivory Gordon said.

“There can be one group that has the best idea and another group that works to shoot it down,” Gordon said. “That is not what we need in the rural communities. That has been one of the downfalls in my entire career working for USDA.”

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