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Southern Bancorp: Revitalizing the Rural South

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As the first in a series of “Partners in Progress” publications showcasing WRF’s longstanding investments and highlighting what the Foundation has learned through these investments, Southern Bancorp: Revitalizing the Rural South candidly explores the evolution of Southern Bancorp’s innovative rural community development model and the impact it has in Arkansas and Mississippi. It highlights the opportunities and challenges unique to a rural CDFI and exposes the complexity of rebuilding distressed communities. Furthermore, it describes the lessons learned through the longstanding grantee relationship between the Foundation and Southern.