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Rep. Hill & Sen. Elliott in Congressional Forum, Delta Leaders set for Oct. 13-14 Delta Summit by Zoom

Posted on September 10, 2020 at 01:08 PM

Congressional candidates US Rep. French Hill, AR Sen. Joyce Elliott, and Leaders from across the Delta will take part in the Delta conference by Zoom webinar on Oct. 13-14. This will be entirely by Zoom and there will not be any in-person meetings to avoid spreading Covid-19.

Sen. Elliott and Rep. Hill are confirmed and will be questioned by journalists Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics and Michael Hibblen, news director of KUAR radio, the NPR affiliate in Little Rock in an objective, fair setting.

Sen. Elliott speaks at 10:30 a.m. and Rep. Hill speaks at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14.

The 2nd District race is seriously contested and is receiving national attention. We make no endorsement and want to hear from both sides fairly–thus the decision to have the forum conducted by two objective journalists.

Please sign up on the Zoom webinar link below and send in registration fees if you have not already done so–registration fees information is below in this email.

We have also confirmed Congressman Bruce Westerman; Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston, the top economic development official in Arkansas; Troy Wells, CEO of Baptist Health, the largest health care organization in Arkansas, Joel Berg, CEI of Hunger Free America–the national hunger and poverty organization based in New York; women and minority advocates, nonprofits, business leaders, universities and colleges and grassroots advocates from across the region.

We are inviting President Clinton and/or Chelsea Clinton, John Boozman, Rep. Rick Crawford and Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama.

Economic and health challenges during the pandemic are the key issues, including job creation and retention, health care, SNAP and other nutrition programs and rising food insecurity in Covid-19 era, a major infrastructure program to create jobs and repair our deteriorating infrastructure, and maintaining education and workforce development. As a diverse organization, we need to be acutely sensitive to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic and recession on women and minorities.

Leaders from across the region who are participants are listed below the information on the Zoom link that will be needed to gain access to the Zoom webinar:

You are invited to the Oct. 13-14 Delta Summit by Zoom webinar.

Beginning time to start connecting to the Zoom link is Oct 13, 2020 04:30 PM Central Time, with the program being from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The program continues the next day, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Topic: Delta Summit Oct. 13-14, 2020

Register in advance for this webinar:

Appreciation for Sponsors

Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas

Municipal League of Illinois

TS Police Support League, Greene County, Alabama Black Belt

Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission

Partners Bank, headquartered in historic downtown Helena, Arkansas

Delta leaders participating or invited include:

–Mayor Kevin Smith of Helena, Arkansas;

–Joel Berg, CEO, Hunger Free America, national anti-hunger and poverty organization;

–Donna Gambrell, CEO, Appalachian Community Capital, major nonprofit in our sister region in Appalachia; Philander Smith College professor (TBD);

–University of Arkansas representative (TBD); Tomiko Townley, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance;

–Janie Ginnocchio, Southern Bancorp Community Partners; Leesa Freasier, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Delta nutrition project;

–Anna Beth Gorman, Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas;

–Rupa Dash, CEO, World Woman Federation;

–Harvey Joe Sanner, Delta Caucus senior adviser and President, American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas;

–(INVITED) Mayor Shirley Washington of Pine Bluff, Arkansas;

–Brad Cole, Executive Director, Municipal League of Illinois;

–Mike Marshall, CEO, Sikeston, Missouri Chamber and Economic Development Corp., former Alternate Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority;

–Joey Keys, Executive Director, Southeast Missouri Food Bank organization;

–(INVITED) Bill Bynum, CEO, Hope Credit Union and Enterprise Corp.

–Wilson Golden, senior Delta Caucus adviser, Clinton administration Presidential appointee,

–Johnny Pettus, Society of St. Andrew and small farmers advocate in Arkansas;

–Peggy Bradford, former president of Shawnee Community College in Illinois, attorney, Delta regional advocate from southern Illinois;

–Alan Gumbel, Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, Memphis, Tennessee;

–Sheila Smith, TS Police Support League, Greene County in the Alabama Black Belt;

–Mayor Sheldon Day, Thomasville, Alabama.


The easiest way to pay the $40 registration fees is to go on the website at and go to the PayPal link at the top of the page 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

Thanks–Lee Powell, Delta Caucus (202) 360-6347