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February 05, 2021  
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Governor Parson elected 2021 DRA States’ Co-Chairman | Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy Orientation

Governor Parson elected 2021 DRA States’ Co-Chairman

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced Missouri Governor Mike Parson has been elected the 2021 DRA States’ Co-Chairman.  DRA’s Board of Governors annually elect a States’ Co-Chairman to work directly with the Federal Co-Chairman on economic development and growth in the DRA region.

“I’m honored by this opportunity to help lead the Delta Regional Authority as States’ Co-Chairman,” said Governor Parson. “As the Governor of Missouri, my focus has always been on how we can do better for the great people of our state. I’m looking forward to working with the DRA to create more opportunities for people all across the Delta Region.”

Governor Parson was sworn in as the 57th Governor of Missouri at the State’s 2021 Bicentennial Inauguration on January 11, 2021.

“As a veteran and an elected official, Governor Parson has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment to service on behalf of his country and the people of Missouri,” said Shawna Blair, DRA Director of Communications & Public Engagement.  “Governor Parson’s focus on workforce development and infrastructure during his first administration led to critical transportation infrastructure repairs and ultimately tremendous economic growth within Missouri.  With Governor Parson’s support and leadership, the DRA will continue its mission of strengthening infrastructure, job growth, and economic development across our region.”

Delta Leadership Institute 2021 Executive Academy Orientation Recap

The Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) kicked off its 2021 Executive Academy on January 26th-27th with its Orientation Session.  The virtual session welcomed 28 fellows from all eight DRA states to learn more about DRA’s programs and initiatives, overview the Delta Regional Innovators Certificate program, identify their executive leadership style, and network with the Delta Leadership Network’s Regional Advisory Council.  

Highlights of the orientation session included a poverty simulation led by the University of Central Arkansas’s Center for Community and Economic Development and Division of Service Learning and a roundtable on fostering civil debate from leaders of Political Animals – Arkansas.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is an interactive, immersion experience providing a glimpse into the structure barriers of poverty to transform participants’ perspectives about their own communities.  These transformed perspectives inspire action toward positive community change.

The Political Animals – Arkansas roundtable was moderated by Natural State Media CEO Roby Brock, and included discussion by UA Clinton School of Public Service Dean Skip Rutherford, ASU System Vice President Shane Broadway, University of Arkansas – Monticello Director of Governmental Relations Dr. John Davis, business entrepreneur and NEA Political Animals Club Co-Chair LJ Bryant, and Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development Executive Director Andrea Allen.

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