About the Executive Academy

The 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority make up one of the most distressed regions of the country, facing profound economic, health, educational, and infrastructure challenges. The Delta Leadership Institute was created to empower a corps of leaders with the tools, experiences, and networks to address these local and regional challenges. 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.

Application Cycle for 2017-18 Executive Academy now CLOSED.




Develop skills and knowledge in policy areas relevant to economic and community development and competencies that enhance your ability to improve your community. Visit eight states and learn from more than 12 communities the strategies that are helping grow local economies in diverse cities and towns throughout the region. Connect with fellow community leaders, practitioners, and experts to develop a strong network for regional collaboration, information sharing, and continued learning.

Sessions cover policy areas and skills such as:

> Regionalism > Infrastructure > Public-Private Partnerships
> Public Health > Transportation > Grassroots Organizing
> Entrepreneurship > Creative Placemaking > Public Policy & Governance
> Culture & Tourism > Education & Workforce > Coalition Building

The 2017-2018 Schedule takes DLI fellows to every state in the Delta region and connects them with alumni through the Annual DLN Conference and welcome events at each session:

Session I: Orientation October 23-27, 2017 | Potosi, MO (attendance mandatory)
Session II ​December 4-8, 2017 | Memphis, TN/Clarksdale, MS
Delta Leadership Network Conference February 5-9, 2018 | Memphis, TN
Session III February 26-March 2, 2018 | New Orleans, LA
Session IV April 23-27, 2018 | Selma, AL
Session V June 4-8, 2018 | Jonesboro, AR
Session VI: Graduation July 23-27, 2018 | Paducah, KY/Carbondale, IL

Watch these testimonials from alumni and DLN members to learn about the many ways the DLI Executive Academy can provide you with the training, resources, and networking tools you need to make a positive impact in your Delta community!


For questions regarding eligibility and/or the application process, view the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact slucker@dra.gov.