Positive Events This Week for the Delta Region

December 30, 2014

Good morning, 

Despite our reduced capacity from the federal government shutdown, we consider these three major events crucial to our Region and so are proud to either co-sponsor or take part in the discussion. Each of these events provide the opportunity for continuing partnerships across the Delta and continue our region’s efforts to strengthen individuals, families, communities, and industry across this region.

In partnership with the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initative and the City of Memphis, the DRA is co-hosting the Mississippi River Economy Summit in Memphis, TN. The summit has convened a variety of organizations with interests in strengthening the commercial and cultural vitality of the River, including the World Trade Center of New Orleans, America’s Central Port, Chism Hardy Investments, SEMO Port Authority, Ingram Barge Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., U.S. Chamber of Commerce, CH2M Hill, IL Soybean Association, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee. From the conversations has come a new resolution from MRCTI committing to pursue a container-on-barge system along the Mississippi River that DRA is strongly supporting.

The Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus, a broad coalition of grassroots leaders throughout the eight-state Delta region that stretches from southern Illinois to New Orleans, will host its semi-annual conference in Memphis this week. The October 17 & 18 conference at the Memphis Agricenter will feature Sen. Mark Pryor, Rep. Tom Cotton, Rep. Steve Cohen, two candidates for the Arkansas governor’s race-Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross, Mayor A. C. Wharton of Memphis, DRA Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Mike Marshall, and leaders from across the eight-state region.

The Delta Regional Authority will also be partnering with the Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact for the Third Annual "Future of the Delta" Conference in Tunica, Mississippi on Friday, October 18. The Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact (MDSC) is a not-for-profit organization committed to working with other organizations through a regional approach towards the common purpose of improving the quality of life for all citizens in the 18 counties of Mississippi’s Delta region. This year’s conference features discussions on best practices for education, the White House’s Promise Zones program, and the impact of charter schools on the region.

We are excited to be a part of these events and look forward to seeing the impact the ideas from our region’s leaders will make on the future of the Delta. If you have not already, I encourage you to take part in these meetings and add to the conversations and actions as we continue to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the Delta region.


Christopher Masingill
Federal Co-Chairman
Delta Regional Authority