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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 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
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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.



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

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Best Resiliency Practices in Economic Development

Best Resiliency Practices” (2011) was developed to illustrate reasonable and appropriate practices undertaken by regional economic development districts to support the resiliency and/or relief and recovery activities following disaster or other significant events, such as severe tropical weather and coastal catastrophes.

Support by Planning Districts is given for local government members. Planning Districts function as a convener and liaison between hard-hit communities and their leaders who have experienced direct impact from a disaster and those State and Federal or other agencies attempting to provide relief. Often, this is in the form of coordination or collaboration by District Staff with area non-profit and other relief/response agencies.

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The following are the documents from the June 2009 Building Resilient Economies Workshop held in New Orleans.  Carrie Mulcaire, with the Int’l Economic Development Council (IEDC), designed these docs (catalog of resources, etc) for the event.


AA_Supplemental Resource Packet

Stimulus Matrix Spreedsheet

MDA Programs Report

Federal Stimulus Dollars for Louisiana

Stimulus Webinar Slides

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