Neal among 5 Louisiana fellows selected for Delta Leadership
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – Louisiana is sending five leaders from across the state to the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI). They will join fellows from the seven other Delta states to participate in the 10-month DLI Executive Academy program to help further their skills in community leadership and policy development, promote regional collaboration, and drive economic growth across DRA’s eight-state region.
“DLI fellows are strong community leaders who make an impressive impact on the states they represent and the Delta region as a whole,” said DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell. “They collaborate with colleagues from across our region to develop skills that prepare them to help strengthen economic development opportunities that will make our region and communities more competitive.”
Louisiana’s DLI fellows will attend six sessions across the region, visiting each of the eight states in the DRA footprint. They will engage in policy and program development, advocacy training, case-study discussions, and on-the-ground field experiences aligned with DRA’s priorities for the region. Those priorities include: enhancing transportation and basic public infrastructure, supporting workforce training and development, and promoting business and economic development.
The fellows, who were selected by Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) and DRA leadership, represent a diverse cohort of community leaders. The class includes three members from Alabama; six from Arkansas; four from Illinois; two from Kentucky; five from Louisiana; five from Mississippi; one from Missouri; and five from Tennessee.
Louisiana’s 2018-2019 DLI Executive Academy fellows are:
Daryl Fortenberry, Monroe | Chief Executive Officer of Ghost Tactical
Staci Mitchell, West Monroe | Mayor of the City of West Monroe
Stacey Neal, Amite | Director for Community Competitiveness at Louisiana Economic Development
Rachel Shields, New Orleans | Chief of Staff at GNO, Inc.
John Thompson, Pineville | Community Development Specialist at USDA Rural Development
Since 2005, DLI has worked to strengthen the knowledge and skills of community leaders across the Delta by broadening their understanding of regional issues and building a corps of alumni that have a regional and national perspective. Upon graduation, the 31 new members will have a toolkit of resources for addressing issues facing their local communities and providing the training and professional development needed to extend the pipeline of skilled local leadership within Delta communities.