Arkansas Governor Hutchinson named states’ co-chair to lead Delta Regional Authority

February 26, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, AR. – Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas has been named the State’s Co-Chair of the Delta Regional Authority’s Board of Governors. He took over leadership this past weekend from Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama and will serve alongside DRA federal co-chairman Chris Caldwell.

“DRA is grateful to have an experienced leader familiar with the challenges the Delta faces to serve as Arkansas’s co-chair,” Caldwell said. “His strong leadership will be a tremendous asset to DRA as we work with state and local leaders to grow jobs, improve lives and build communities in the region.”

Governor Hutchinson was sworn in as the 46th Governor of Arkansas in January 2015, and immediately set in motion his plan to bring more jobs and economic growth to his native state. Under his leadership, Arkansas passed the biggest income tax cut in state history and the state has become competitive not only nationally, but globally.

As part of his strategy to market Arkansas and attract more jobs and businesses to the state, Governor Hutchinson has been in conversation with CEOs of major industries across the globe from Silicon Valley to France, Japan, Israel, Germany, China and Cuba. Governor Hutchinson has also been a key leader on education, implementing his initiative to require computer-coding in every public high school, equipping Arkansas students for the 21st century economy.

“It is an honor to be appointed to serve as a leader of the Delta Regional Authority, whose programs deliver targeted investments to encourage economic development and improve infrastructure across our region,” said Governor Hutchinson. “DRA is supportive of the efforts to enhance infrastructure, support business development and workforce training for the eight states it serves. Arkansas is fortunate to be one of them.”

“Governor Hutchinson is dedicated to bringing jobs and businesses to Arkansas, and his leadership in this area will benefit DRA as a whole,” said Amy Fecher, the state’s designee to the DRA board of governors.

Established in 2000 by Congress, DRA serves as a federal-state partnership that works with local development districts, utilizes market-proven processes to grow economic outcomes and enhances the quality of life of the residents in the Delta Region. DRA serves eight states and 252 counties and parishes, including 42 counties in Arkansas.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, DRA has invested $185 million into more than 1,100 projects that have attracted total public and private investments of about $3.5 billion. Overall, DRA investments have helped create and retain more than 55,000 jobs, train nearly 45,000 workers for 21st century jobs, and deliver water and sewer improvements to more than 238,000 families. Learn more at