Delta Regional Authority

Through July 16, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy.

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

Since 2005, the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) has trained a diverse group of community leaders who currently live and/or work in the Mississippi Delta.

DLI is an extensive 10-month program where Executive Academy Fellows travel to communities in each of DRA’s eight member states, including Missouri, exploring existing economic and community development programs and best practices. Throughout the Executive Academy’s seven sessions, Fellows will focus on leadership development and regionally-significant policy issues, with an emphasis on economic development, infrastructure, workforce training and education, entrepreneurship, business development, and public health.

Upon graduation, DLI fellows become members of the Delta Leadership Network, which provides peer-to-peer engagement opportunities for continued leadership development, information sharing, and collaboration with other leaders dedicated to the future of the DRA region. 

The DLI will be limited to 40 Fellows, comprised of representatives from the Delta’s public, private, and non-profit sectors. Chosen through a competitive application process, the 2019 – 2020 Executive Academy class will include fellows from each of the eight states in the DRA footprint.

The 2019 – 2020 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy will run from October 2019 – August 2020. Those interested can apply through July 16 at

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