Five individuals have been selected to represent Arkansas in the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI).
These five individuals will participate in a 10-month long DLI Executive Academy, alongside representatives from seven other Delta states. The purpose of the DLI is to grow the fellows’ community leadership skills and provide training in policy development.
Connections and training made through the program are designed to increase regional collaboration in the Mississippi Delta and Alabama Black Belt in order to increase economic growth throughout the regions.
“The Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy is vital to the promotion of economic development in the Delta,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement. “Each of the Fellows chosen to represent Arkansas in the program are talented, hardworking individuals, and I am grateful for their dedication to the Delta as they develop skills and strategies to help grow economies throughout the region.”
The five individuals selected to represent Arkansas include:
- Suzzette Goldmon, Monticello | Director of Hospitality and Tourism, University of Arkansas at Monticello
- Andy Davis, Little Rock | Principal/Owner, New Water Systems, LLC
- Gene White, Pine Bluff | Director of Retention and Advising, Southeast Arkansas College
- Samantha Montgomery, Little Rock | Digital Coordinator, The Office of Attorney General
- Susan Edwards, Little Rock | Executive Assistant to the Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority
All of the selected fellows will participate in six multi-day seminars throughout the Delta Region, which will culminate in the graduation in Memphis, Tenn. After graduation, the fellows will be part of the Delta Leadership Network, a group that provides resource-sharing, continued education and support to tackle pressing issues in the Delta region.