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June 21, 2019  
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Delta News Round-up

Chairman Caldwell Joins U.S. Labor Secretary Acosta at Workforce Development Event in Arkansas | DOL Invites Proposals to Support Workforce Training, Education in the Delta Region | Delta Leadership Institute Visits Missouri, Illinois for Executive Academy Session

Chairman Caldwell Joins U.S. Labor Secretary Acosta at Workforce Development Event in Arkansas

On Monday, Chairman Caldwell joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin for a moderated discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing the American workforce, especially in the Mississippi River Delta region. Hosted by the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, the discussion highlighted jobs, industry-led workforce training, and trade.

To top it all off, Chairman Caldwell was able to highlight Be Pro Be Proud, an initiative led by the Associated Industries of Arkansas to promote technical and skilled professions to high school students. The initiative allows students, parents, teachers, and the public to learn more about quality careers available in manufacturing, trucking, and construction. In 2018, DRA invested $256,565 into the Be Pro Be Proud initiative which enabled the Associated Industries of Arkansas to purchase a new tractor and trailer.

DOL Invites Proposals to Support Workforce Training, Education in the Delta Region

DRA is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to invest $29.2 million in Delta and Appalachia communities through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grant. Funding is available to develop industry-focused approaches to workforce and economic development in Delta and Appalachian communities planning for, and recovering from, economic transitions. Successful WORC investments will provide valuable career, training, and support services, and workforce development activities that prepare dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with regional, state, or community economic development strategies.

Unique to this DOL opportunity, WORC funds can be used for equipment upgrades, technology infrastructure, facility construction, and other capital improvements. The awards can range from $150,000 - $2.5 million.

To learn more about the WORC Grant, read DOL’s Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) or watch their informational webinar. The deadline to apply for a WORC Grant is July 15, 2019 at 4:00pm eastern.

To access resources and materials from DRA’s technical assistance workshops, visit

Delta Leadership Institute Visits Missouri, Illinois for Executive Academy Session

During the sixth session of the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, fellows focused on creativity, entrepreneurship, and increasing community capacity through strategic partnerships in Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Fellows began the session with a field experience to Codefi in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to learn how visionary leadership established a space that supports startup entrepreneurs and emerging innovative companies with tech-powered, flexible enterprise space, while serving the area with innovative technology education programs and an inspiring community. The session then transitioned towards focusing on the impact of health and healthcare access in the Delta region. Fellows visited and provided volunteer services at the US Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) medical mission in Sikeston, Missouri and at Cairo High School in Cairo, Illinois. In partnership with the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation, Executive Academy fellows assisted members of the armed forces with patient intake and processing throughout their clinical visit. Fellows heard from community leaders and uniform service members on the importance of community partnerships to successfully host an IRT mission as well as the impact of health and well-being to local and regional economic and community development. Finally, fellows met with program alumni from Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee at Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass, Illinois to learn more about the burgeoning wine and beverage industry cluster.  

The Delta Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional training program of the Delta Regional Authority in partnership with regional institutions of higher education to support and education leaders committed to helping create jobs, build their communities, and improve the lives of their neighbors. Community leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors interested in participating in the 2019-20 cohort can apply through July 16 at The 2019-2020 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy will run from October 2019-August 2020. 

Upcoming Events:

July 1, 2019
Delta Workforce Grant Cycle Opens
July 15, 2019
WORC Grant Cycle Closes at 4pm ET
July 16, 2019
DLI Application Cycle Closes
July 18, 2019 - July 20, 2019
DLI Executive Academy | Cape Girardeau, MO
September 17, 2019 - September 19, 2019
Rural RISE Summit

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