Arkansas is sending six leaders to the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI), according to a news release.


They will join fellows from seven other Delta states in the 10-month DLI Executive Academy program. The academy will help further their skills in community leadership and policy development, promote regional collaboration, and drive economic growth across DRA’s eight-state region, according to the release.


Arkansas’ 2018-2019 DLI Executive Academy fellows are:


Eddie Thomas, Pine Bluff, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Area Manager or the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District;


Jordyn Williams, Lake Village, program technician – CDC Obesity Reduction at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service;


Tiffny Calloway, Jonesboro, director of Community Development for the City of Jonesboro;


Aaron Germany, Helena, director of Career and Technical Education at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas;


Amy Hopper, North Little Rock, program officer for Winrock International;


Jennifer Reaves, Jonesboro, Community Development Specialist at the Arkansas Department of Health.


“DLI fellows are strong community leaders who make an impressive impact on the states they represent and the Delta region as a whole,” DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell, said in a news release. “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.”


Arkansas’ DLI fellows will attend six sessions across the region, visiting each of the eight states in the DRA. 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.


“When I select members of the Delta Leadership Institute, I am sending out ambassadors for our state as well as shaping the future for our state,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson, (R-AR). “That’s a heavy assignment for our fellows, but as always, they are well up to it. Congratulations to our newest fellows.”