On Dec. 7, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) named three Illinois leaders as fellows of the 2021 Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy. Among them is Ronnie White of Red Bud.
DLI is an extensive, nine-month executive leadership program that brings together public, private and nonprofit sector leaders from DRA’s eight-state region (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee). The 2021 DLI class will consist of 30 fellows from all eight DRA states.
The leadership program empowers fellows with the tools, experiences, and networks needed to address local and regional challenges. Sessions led by local, regional, and national experts cover policy areas such as infrastructure and transportation, small business and entrepreneurship, workforce development, public health, and other fields necessary to facilitate economic growth in the Delta. As a result, DLI fellows graduate with improved decision-making skills, policy development know-how, strengthened leadership capacity, and a mutual understanding of regional, state, and local cultures and issues.
For more on White and the Delta Leadership Institute, please see this week’s print edition.