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Community Leaders Invited to Apply for year-long Executive Academy, Delta Leadership Institute

One of the priorities of the DRA is to improve the leadership skills of the region’s current and future leaders. The DLI is the vehicle through which the DRA pursues these efforts. The mission of the Delta Leadership Institute is to recognize, train, and develop 21st Century leadership skills in participants across the eight-state region in order to face the global challenges of the future. DLI and its alumni organization, the Delta Leadership Network, have and will continue to create a cadre of leaders that work together for future improvements to the region by “thinking and acting regionally.”

The application period for the upcoming DLI Executive Academy will be open Tuesday, August 20 – Friday, September 20. This is the first year the application will be available online, (check out www.dra.gov) through which applicants will be able to create a profile, complete an application, and upload recommendations to the DRA website. The opening session of the 2013-2014 Executive Academy will take place November 4-7, in Oxford, MS.

The University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement will be the administrative lead for this … Continue reading? →

2013 Lantern Awards Criteria (competitive ranking process – Manufacturer of the Year, by region)
EACH CATEGORY HAS A POINT VALUE. A TOTAL OF 100 POINTS IS POSSIBLE. THE CATEGORY POINT VALUE IS SHOWN.

  1. OVERVIEW/SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL EVENTS. THIS CATEGORY HAS A VALUE OF TEN POINTS.
    In narrative form, give an overview of the business, including significant historical events. Copies of newspaper and/or magazine articles can be included here (affix to white paper and properly identify).
  2. PRODUCTS/SERVICES OFFERED. THIS CATEGORY HAS A VALUE OF TEN POINTS. In narrative form, give a description of the products/services offered by the company.
  3. EMPLOYEE GROWTH/PLANT INVESTMENTS/SALES. THIS CATEGORY HAS A TOTAL VALUE OF 30 POINTS.
    Indicate the growth in number of employees over the past three calendar years, by year (2010, 2011, 2012). Put information in column form shown below.
    Employees at end of 2010 10 points
    Employees at end of 2011 10 points
    Employees at end of 2012 10 points
  4. EXPANSIONS IN DOLLAR AMOUNT, THIS CATEGORY HAS A TOTAL VALUE OF 30 POINTS.
    Indicate the dollar amount of expansions over the past three calendar years, by year (2009, 2010, 2011). Put information in column form shown below.
    2010 10 points
    2011 10 points
    2012 10
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2012

District 1 – Turnbull Bakeries, LLC, New Orleans (Orleans Parish)

District 2 – Orion Instruments, LLC, Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge Parish)

District 3 – K&B Machine Works, LLC, Houma (Terrebonne Parish)

District 4 – Oceaneering International, Inc., Morgan City (St. Mary Parish)

District 5 – Southern Bar-B-Que Sauce, Inc., Jennings (Jefferson Davis Parish)

District 6 – Crest Industries, LLC, Pineville (Rapides Parish)

District 7 – Omni Industries, Inc., Shreveport (Caddo Parish)

District 8 – Complex Chemical Co. Inc., Tallulah (Madison Parish)

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Delta Regional Authority Leverages Federal Resources to Support Entrepreneurs and Invest in Infrastructure to Create Jobs

Chairman Masingill: “Working to grow the economy and create jobs is our number one commitment to the people of the Delta.”

A new investment of resources aimed at Delta small business owners, entrepreneurs, and communities is designed to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, the Delta Regional Authority and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced October 16, 2012.

Louisiana’s Planning & Development Districts aided local governments and non-profit organizations with successful applications under the Delta Regional Authority’s States’ Economic Development Award Program to advance entrepreneurship, transportation/infrastructure, workforce development and related initiatives. The Districts worked with Doyle Robinson, Alternate (DRA-Louisiana), of the Louisiana Governor’s Office to advocate for these investments throughout Louisiana.

Fourteen new investments coming directly to Louisiana, from industrial park developments to programs supporting entrepreneurs and business development, leverage $1.7 million in federal resources into more than $12.5 million in total public and private investment for the Delta region, its people, and its future.

LOUISIANA: NEW INVESTMENTS IN THE DELTA

 

State # of Projects DRA Resources Leveraged Funds Total Investment
Louisiana 14 $1,734,437 $10,945,631 $12,680,068

Chairman Chris Masingill: “Working to grow the … Continue reading? →