DRA Seeks Proposals to Build Upon Delta Leadership Institute

February 26, 2019

MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is seeking proposals from institutions of higher education within the Delta region to help DRA build upon its nationally recognized Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) program.

Interested institutions should respond to DRA’s request for proposals (RFP) at www.dra.gov/rfp. The RFP outlines a partnership with DRA to develop innovative service-delivery models and prepare leaders working for future improvements in the region by thinking and acting regionally.

“DLI is a highly successful program that trains leaders across the Delta region to help build upon economic development and job growth,” said DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell. “We have an alumni network of more than 500 members who work together and share ideas that contribute to the improvement of our region. We are seeking partners that can help us continue to build upon DLI.”

DLI’s mission is to recognize, train and develop participants with the leadership skills needed for the 21st Century in order to face the global challenges of the future. 

For 14 years, DLI has included both an Executive Leadership Academy and active alumni network. The executive academy focuses on regional leadership and topics important to DRA and the region such as economic and community development, workforce training and education, small business development, entrepreneurship and public health.

The DLI Executive Academy trains leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors and industries to improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt. Upon completion of the DLI Executive Academy, participants should have the knowledge and skills necessary to make a direct impact in their local communities and states.

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. DRA has invested more than $185 million into more than 1,100 projects. Overall, DRA investments have helped create and retain more than 55,000 jobs, train nearly 45,000 workers to advance in the 21st Century, and deliver sewer and water improvements to more than 238,000 residents and businesses. Learn more at dra.gov

Andrew Moreau