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.

Agenda, April 13 Group Hotel & Registration Deadlines for Delta Caucus in West Memphis on April 25-26

Posted on April 01, 2019 at 11:33 AM

Below is a rough draft of the agenda for the April 25-26 Greater Delta Region Conference at Arkansas State University Mid-South Marion Berry Building in West Memphis, Arkansas.

OPENING SESSION IS Thursday evening, April 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building

FRIDAY APRIL 26: from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday morning and lunch, ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building

There is an optional informal, socializing networking dinner right after opening session ends at 7 p.m. at the restaurant of the group hotel, Clarion Inn in West Memphis, on your own.

REGISTRATION

THERE ARE GROUP DISCOUNTS FOR SOME NETWORKS ORGANIZING A GROUP TO BE THERE. CONTACT IS LEE POWELL AT (202) 360-6347 OR LeePowell@delta.comcastbiz.net

For others, you register by paying the registration fees by April 13.

The easiest and fastest way to pay registration fees that are $100 each (if no group discount applies) is to go on the website at mdgc.us and go to the top of the site to the PayPal link that says “Donate.”

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

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf MD, 20601

DIRECTIONS

The address for the Marion Berry Renewable Energy Center:

355 N College Blvd

West Memphis, AR 72301

The exit number from Interstate 40 is 275. From Interstate 40 East, you take a right at the exit. From Interstate 40 West, you take a left.

The exit puts you on N College Blvd and the MBREC is approximately 1 mile down on the left. Everyone taking exit 275 will be coming from the North.

GROUP HOTEL

To get the very low group rate of only $69 for the night of April 25, call the Clarion Inn in West Memphis at (870) 735-4055 and say you are with the “Delta Caucus” group.

DEADLINE TO GET THE GROUP DISCOUNT IS SATURDAY, APRIL 13.

Agenda–Delta Grassroots Caucus

“Jobs, Education/Workforce Development & Infrastructure”

Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis, April 25-26, 2019

This is a ROUGH DRAFT—THERE WILL BE A FEW CHANGES

INFORMATION TABLES

Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Sultana Steamboat Disaster Museum, Marion, Arkansas

Arkansas State University Heritage Sites

Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi

Snowden House Historic Mansion and B & B on Scenic Horseshoe Lake, Hughes, Arkansas

OPENING SESSION, Thursday April 25, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building

Introduction—Lee Powell, Executive Director, Delta Grassroots Caucus—4:30 p.m.

4:40 to 5 p.m.

Lauren Waldrip Ward, Arkansas Rice Federation

Ben Burkett, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Mississippi

5 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.—Mayor James Strickland of Memphis

5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.–Downtown Revitalizationm Jobs, and Delta Heritage Tourism

  1. Wilson Golden, board member of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation in Jackson, Mississippi (affiliated with the new civil rights museum in Jackson)

  2. Mayor Kevin Smith of Helena, Arkansas

  3. Shelley Ritter, Executive Director, Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, Mississippi

  4. Rex Nelson, Senior Editor and columnist, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, former Alternate Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority

  5. Mike Marshall, CEO, Sikeston, Missouri Regional Chamber of Commerce and economic development organization, former Alternate Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority

  6. Louis Intres, Director, Sultana steamboat disaster museum, Marion, Arkansas

  7. Mayor Shirley Washington of Pine Bluff

6:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.—State Legislatora on Arkansas Works Health Insurance Program

Rep. Reginald Murdock (Marianna) Rep. Chris Richey (Helena)

Friday, April 26, 2019 ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building

8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.—Infrastructure, Job Creation and Economic Development

–Johnnie Bolin, Chairman, Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition

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

–Marcie Lawson, Executive Director, Sikeston, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development

–Mayor Sheldon Day, Thomasville, Alabama

–Mayor James Sanders, Blytheville, Arkansas

–Mayor Marco McClendon of West Memphis

Discussion

10:a.m. to 11:30 a.m.–Education, Workforce Development and Jobs

–Sen. Keith Ingram of West Memphis

-Alan Gumbel, Interim Executive Director, Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, Memphis, Tennessee

–Mark O’Mell, Director, Arkansas Crossroads Coalition (Cross, Poinsett, Jackson, Woodruff, Monroe, Phillips, Lee and Crittenden counties)

-Mayor Pro Tem and City Commissioner Richard Abraham, Paducah, Kentucky

–Kyla Guyette, Director, Workforce Investment Network, Shelby County Mayor’s Office, Tennessee,

11:30 to 11:45 a.m.–Health care and nutrition speakers

Arnetta Macklin, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), of Memphis, Tennessee on health and nutrition programs for senior citizens

Millie Atkins, long-time Delta regional advocate and community leader from Monroe, Louisiana

11:45 a.m. to noon–Victor Jones of Southern Poverty Law Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

NOON TO 1:20 P.M.–Luncheon

Daryl Bassett, Director of AR Dept. of Workforce Services, introduced by Randy Henderson, Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas

Mike Preston, Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, introduced by Rex Nelson, Senior Editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

President David Rudd of the University of Memphis

Chancellor Debra West of Arkansas State University Mid-South

Appreciation for Sponsors

Greater Delta Region Conference, April 25-26, 2019

Arkansas State University Mid-South, West Memphis, Arkansas

LEAD SPONSOR

Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas, Blytheville, Arkansas

MAJOR CO-SPONSORS

Municipal League for the State of Illinois

Mississippi County Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission, Blytheville, Arkansas

SPONSORS

Sultana Steamboat Disaster Museum

Sikeston, Missouri Regional Chamber Commerce and Economic Development

Harvey Joe Sanner, President of the American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas, Des Arc, Arkansas

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas

Delta Grassroots Partners

Last but not least, we would like to thank the hundreds of grassroots partners across the Greater Delta Region and elsewhere across the country for their many contributions of registration fees, annual membership dues, and other voluntary contributions in the amounts of $150, $125, $100, $75, $50 and $25.

As a grassroots private sector coalition, we need to have a diversified financial base with large numbers of medium-sized and smaller contributions, and we could not do our work without these numerous contributions.