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 Register for Delta Caucus in Little Rock Before Deadlines--Event Is Only 6 Weeks Away

Posted on September 14, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Please RSVP ASAP and register for the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Greater Delta Region conference in Little Rock. We are only six weeks away. While we expect to have enough places, space is limited.

You register by paying the early registration fees on or before Oct. 15. Registration information is below in this email.

You can reserve a place now by replying by email to or by phone at (202) 360-6347; or by paying the registration fees on the website at by going to the PayPal link that says “Donate.”

The opening session is Wednesday evening Oct. 31, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda; then Thursday, Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clinton Library.

We will have grassroots leaders from all 8 states in a dialogue with state, local and federal powers that be to urge them to do more for the region’s community and economic development.

Among the highlights are nonpartisan forums in major elections: Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Democratic nominee Jared Henderson; Congressman French Hill and state Rep. Clarke Tucker in the nationally watched 2nd Congressional District race; and Congressman Rick Crawford and Chintan Desai in the First District—the heart of the Arkansas Delta. These are Arkansas races but have issues basically similar to the entire region.

We will have two questioners for the candidates, including Bud Cummins, former US Attorney and distinguished lawyer, and Delta Caucus Director Lee Powell. This is bipartisan and we will not endorse any candidate, but want to hear from all of them about what they would do to improve the region’s economy if elected.

Key issues: Most of the speakers over the two days will be grassroots leaders, nonprofits, business leaders, universities and colleges, and experts on key issues like health care, job creation, transportation and other infrastructure, SNAP and other USDA programs, education, and Delta heritage tourism.

As always, we are inviting President Bill Clinton to give a live call-in presentation about the Clinton Foundation’s great work on domestic policy initiatives like improving nutrition for 40,000 schools nationwide in collaboration with the American Heart Association, renewable energy/energy efficiency, fighting the opioid crisis by expanding access to naloxone, early childhood initiatives led by Chelsea Clinton, and other philanthropic activities in the Delta and across the USA.

List of speakers from across the region is below in this email.







You register by sending in the early registration fees, which are $125 for those who have paid annual membership dues, or $100 for those who have paid their dues.

GROUP DISCOUNT: We offer a substantial discount if you can organize a group of four or more people, down to $60 each.

Registration fees are an essential part of our budget and we have to ask for fees from everyone at the conference except for President Bill Clinton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Members of Congress and Congressional candidates.

The easiest way to pay the registration fees is on the website at by going to the PayPal link and clicking on the link that says “Donate.”

If you prefer to pay by check, please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601


The opening session is Wednesday evening, Oct. 31 at the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

(There is an informal, optional socializing dinner after the opening session ends at the Camp David restaurant at the group hotel Holiday Inn Presidential, which can be useful for networking and sharing information in a relaxed setting.)

Clinton Library session–Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Great Hall of the Clinton Library from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Most speakers will be grassroots leaders, including nonprofits, educators, local elected officials, experts in health care, nutrition and other issues relating to the development of the region.

We have shortened the conference so it is just a relatively brief opening session on Wednesday evening Oct. 31 and then a morning and lunch session the next day Nov. 1, with no afternoon session. The condensed schedule makes it easier for people to be there for both sessions. Last year we were very pleased that virtually everybody stayed until the end and we did not have any issue of people leaving early, and aim for the same positive result this year.


The Holiday Inn Presidential in the Little Rock River Market district close to the Clinton Library is the group hotel.

To get the low group rate of $89 for Oct. 31, please call the hotel at (501) 375-2100 and say you are with the Delta Caucus group, before the reservation deadline of Oct. 15.

This is a very good rate for a high quality hotel in the Little Rock River Market area. We were negotiating with three hotels and received good offers from all three, and the rate kept going down the longer we haggled. The sales manager was afraid if she kept negotiating with me she might wind up giving us the rooms for free, so she was relieved when the negotiating process finally ended😃!

Most people will only stay one night to cut down on expenses, but we also have a smaller number of rooms for the night of Nov. 1 in case anyone wants to stay an extra night.


Confirmed participants in addition to the nominees from both parties for Governor and Members from the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts (AR) as of now include:

· Chancellor Debra West, Arkansas State University Mid-South, West Memphis, Arkansas;

· Mike Marshall, CEO, Sikeston Missouri Economic Development organization and Regional Chamber of Commerce;

· Bob Nash, community and economic development expert, former USDA Under Secretary of Rural Development, and Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in the Clinton administration;

· Randy Henderson, Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas, Blytheville, Arkansas, veteran Delta regional leader;

· Brad Cole, Executive Director, Municipal League for the state of Illinois;

· Bo Ryall, CEO, Arkansas Hospitals Association, expert on the Arkansas Works health insurance program;

· Rupa Dash, CEO, World Woman’s Federation, a national and international women’s issues organization;

· Ginny Blankenship, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families;

· Joey Keys, Southeast Missouri Food Bank, based in Cape Girardeau and serving the southeast Missouri Delta area;

· Southeast Missouri State University Economic and Business Engagement Center;

· Millie Atkins, community leader from Monroe, Louisiana, Co-Chair of the Economic Equality Caucus;

· Heifer International, international nonprofit with programs serving the Delta—Perry Jones and Tyler Pearson;

· Alan Gumbel, Director of Grants and Special Initiatives, Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, Memphis, Tennessee;

· Glendscene Williams, Director, Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Research, Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi;

· Nathan Pittman, Senior Vice President for Communications, Southern Bancorp Community Partners;

· Mayor Sheldon Day, Thomasville, Alabama, in the Alabama Black Belt;

· Tracey Barnett, professor in the School of Social Work, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, conducting research on the SNAP program in Arkansas;

· Will Staley, Director, THRIVE nonprofit based in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, with projects across the Delta;

· Kyle Miller, Delta Cultural Center, Helena;

· Kevin Smith, long-time Delta regional advocate, Helena;

· State Rep. Chris Richey, Director of the Phillips County (AR) Chamber of Commerce;

· Raychelle Grant, time-keeper and assistant for the Delta Caucus during the conference, TOPPS nonprofit in Pine Bluff, AR;

· Dumas Chamber of Commerce and other community leaders from southeast Arkansas;

· State Sen. David Wallace, R-Leachville;

· State Rep. Monte Hodges, D-Blytheville;

· Harvey Joe Sanner, American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas, Des Arc;

· Priscilla Johnson and Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission;

· Johnny Pettis, Society of St. Andrew, project promoting fresh fruit and vegetable production in the Delta;

· Porter Briggs, Little Rock businessman and one of the leaders to save the historic White River Bridge in the east Arkansas Delta;

· Candidates for a state legislative seat in Little Rock, which is not in the heart of the Delta but is adjacent to it and we want to include this city in our advocacy work—Democratic nominee is Andrew Collins, Republican nominee is Judith Goodson;

· Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, based in East Point, Georgia, active across the South;

International visitors from India: We plan to welcome a group of elected officials from the great nation of India—the second most heavily populated country in the world and a major economic partner in the global economy, through the Global Ties Arkansas international visitors program, in collaboration with the US State Dept. The officials from India are there to witness the American democratic process and grassroots community and economic development advocacy at work.

India has significant trading and investment connections to the USA, and there is potential for economic partnerships with their growing nation. The Delta exports vast quantities of products across the globe and we want to welcome groups of international visitors to our region every year.