Governor's Office for Local Development
Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) Elects Myralee Smith-Cowley

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Myralee Smith-Cowley, Executive Director of the Office of Grants within the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) has been elected to serve on the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) Board. 

            GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams said, “Myralee is an excellent candidate for this position.  As a dedicated and hard-working individual, I know that she will represent our state well.”

            COSCDA is an organization that is designed to enhance the ability of states to develop comprehensive, effective community development.  The organization provides assistance and information to its members regarding federal and state administrative and legislative developments.  Smith-Cowley was one of sixteen individuals nominated for the position.

            “I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the state of Kentucky and to serve COSCDA,” said Myralee Smith-Cowley.  Community development is of fundamental importance to our cities and counties.”


            Smith-Cowley has served in her capacity at GOLD since April of 2004.  She has worked in the area of community development for state government for 23 years.  In her role as Executive Director, Myralee oversees many grant programs, including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Kentucky Body Armor Program and the Recreational Trails program.  Her appointment to the COSCDA Board will last for three years.