The Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders in the eight-state Delta region. DGC is also a founding partner of the Economic Equality Caucus,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

Please Take Part in DRA-Led White House Rural Roundtables, Aug. 18-24 in the Delta

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 10:41 AM

The Delta Regional Authority is leading White House Rural Council Roundtables in the Delta, August 18-24, 2011, with details about the meetings in Selma, Alabama, Bastrop, Louisiana, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas below in this message. DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill and Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Mike Marshall continue to demonstrate excellent leadership for small businesses and entrepreneurs in job creation for the Delta.

The Delta Grassroots Caucus encourages all our partners to take part in these events. You can RSVP by going to the DRA website at, and you can also contact Bev Hunter at or John Collins at 917-496-4587 for more information.

President Obama signed an order creating the White House Rural Council in June, with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as chair and the DRA playing an important role in its activities.

Below we are relaying a message from the DRA, and we applaud their constructive efforts for the Delta in this time of high unemployment and economic distress.

“DRA Launches New Resource Network for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs across the Region; Releases New Study on Delta Mom and Pop Businesses Access to Start-Up Loans”

LITTLE ROCK – Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced today he will help lead White House Rural Council roundtables across the Delta. The Council will meet and advise key stakeholders on potential opportunities to better coordinate and streamline federal program efforts and better leverage federal investments in rural America.

In June, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White House Rural Council, chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and a series of working groups have been held in recent weeks to advance the Council’s objectives.

DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said, “Rural small businesses are the backbone of the Delta economy. While we have seen many economic bright spots, some communities are continuing to struggle. Now is the time we need to double down – and make sure rural communities have the resources they need to grow their business and create good-paying jobs.”

WHO: Chris Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority • Federal and State Stakeholders • Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Investment Firms and Economic Development Experts

The events are free of charge, though pre-event registration is required and space is limited. Please RSVP using the form available at the DRA website at Again the DRA contacts are Bev Hunter at or John Collins at 917-496-4587.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS August 18 - Selma, AL Carl C. Morgan Convention Center 211 Washington Street Selma, Alabama

August 23 - Bastrop, LA Bastrop Municipal Center 1901 Moeller Drive Bastrop, Louisiana

August 24 - Pine Bluff, AR Pine Bluff Convention Center 510 South Main Street Pine Bluff, Arkansas