Leadership students hope to learn from NEA economic successes

Delta Regional Authority using NEA as example for Development
Delta Regional Authority Federal Chairman Chris Caldwell. (Source: KAIT)
Delta Regional Authority Federal Chairman Chris Caldwell. (Source: KAIT)
Leadership students came from 8 states, including Arkansas and Missouri. (Source: KAIT)
Leadership students came from 8 states, including Arkansas and Missouri. (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group of community leaders from across eight states hopes this week to glean some knowledge from Northeast Arkansas.

The Delta Regional Authority's Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy is attending their sixth session at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The group is comprised of elected officials, city planners, and business owners from across the DRA's footprint, which includes parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

The organization chose to meet in Jonesboro so they could hear about some of the successes that Northeast Arkansas has had with economic development.

"Focused specifically on partnering with your different organizations in the community and with the chambers and your state and federal delegation and working on economic development through those capacities," said Delta Regional Authority Federal Chairman Chris Caldwell.

Caldwell said big population loss in the delta area has several areas struggling to grow their industry.

"The purpose of this academy is to help equip leaders from the private and public sectors, elected officials who come through our program, to have access to resources they wouldn't normally have coming from an area that has lost so much over the last few years," Caldwell said. "So they can hopefully take some of these best use practices and help them go back home and bring about economic development in their homes."

The organization is also in their recruiting period for the next leadership class.

You can find more information about the program by clicking here.

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