ULM joins Delta Regional Authority | ULM forum 08-30-2013
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The University of Louisiana at Monroe is joining the University of Mississippi and Arkansas State University to create the Delta Regional Authority Leadership Academy.
Congress formed the Delta Regional Authority across eight Southern states in 2000 to enhance economic development and improve quality of life. The project will train 50 participants in workshops on infrastructure and workforce development.
In 2000, Congress established the Delta Regional Authority to enhance economic development and improve the quality of life for the hard-working residents of the Delta region.
The Delta Regional Authority supports job creation and retention with investments from the States' Economic Development Assistance Program to improve transportation and basic infrastructure as well as strengthen the workforce and business environment.
Initiatives such as the Healthy Delta Initiative and Delta Leadership Institute ensure that Delta communities are healthy and positioned for growth in the 21st century.
The Delta Regional Authority works to improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 Delta counties and parishes over eight states.
Participants in the Leadership Academy will be drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and come with recommendations from the governors of their states.
"It was a real honor to be selected among so many qualified universities to participate in the most important leadership training that takes place for the Delta," stated Dr. John W. Sutherlin, ULM professor of political science and sociology.
"Being part of a team with Ole Miss and Arkansas State says a lot about ULM and the talent we have on campus."