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.




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

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!



The application cycle for the 2017-2018 Executive Academy is now open through July 14, 2017! Click here to apply.

For questions regarding eligibility and/or the application process, contact slucker@dra.gov.