• Session I: Orientation
    October 24-27 | St. Louis, MO
    (attendence mandatory)
  • Session II: Transportation and Infrastructure
    ​December 6-8 | Memphis, TN
  • Session III: Entrepreneurship and Disaster Resilience for Small Businesses
    January 24-26 | New Orleans, LA

  • Session IV: Public Health and Education
    March 7-9 | Little Rock, AR

  • Session V: Tourism as Economic Development
    April 25-27 | Alabama Black Belt

  • Session VI: Policy and Governance
    June 5-8 or 12-15 | Washington, DC**

  • Graduation:
    August 1-4 | Lake Barkley, Kentucky

  •  Participants attend seven sessions across the Delta and in Washington, DC to engage in advocacy training, case study discussion, and on-the-ground field studies of priority issue areas for the region including Workforce Training and Education, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Public Health, Transportation, and Basic Public Infrastructure.
  • Since 2005, the DRA’s Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) has worked to improve the decisions made by community leaders across the Delta by broadening their understanding of regional issues, building a corps of alumni that have a regional and national perspective, developing 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 our Delta communities.
  • St. Louis, MO - October 24 - 27, 2016
  • Lake Barkley, Kentucky
  • Attendance for all sessions is mandatory, but we understand that participants of our institute face many demands. Participants may miss up to 20 hours or one entire session (with only one case study). Attendance is tracked by the hour and any absense must be excused by the Director in advance.
  • Please Note: The entire orientation session is mandatory and no portion of may be missed. If the applicant has a conflict with the orientation dates, we ask that you wait until a future year to apply.
  • Participants each year are selected by the applicants Governor or the Federal Co-Chairman. They will evaluate and make selections based on the completed applications submitted by the application deadline.
  • Once applicants have created a profile, there is a form along with short answer questions and a tool where each applicant must upload letters of recommendation; a bio; and photo.
  • Applications must live or work in the Mississippi Delta Region or Alabama Black Belt.

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