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 & Consider Sponsorship Donation for Delta Conference in Little Rock on Oct. 20-21, 2022

Posted on July 27, 2022 at 12:09 PM

We are lining up a strong group of participants for the Delta Caucus Regional Conference is set for Oct. 20-21, 2022 in Little Rock.

Registration fees and sponsorships have been coming in very slowly, so we would urge our partners to send in the fees and if possible a sponsorship ASAP.

Lead Sponsorships–for larger universities, corporations or larger institutions, are $2,500.

Major Co-Sponsorships for medium-sized universities or colleges, smaller businesses and other partners are $500.

Sponsorships for individuals or small organizations are $200,.

Please RSVP and send in registration fees ASAP. The address or PayPal link for registration is below in this email.

EXAMPLES OF PARTICIPANTS THUS FAR:

We always invite President Clinton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Members of Congress and other distinguished guests, although those in that category usually RSVP only much closer to the time of the event. Other participants will include:

–Todd Shields, the new Chancellor of Arkansas State University, one of the region’s key academic institutions;

–Brad Cole of the Illinois Municipal League, Mayor Jason Ashmore of Sesser, Illinois and other southern Illinois colleagues;

–Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a faith-based nonprofit that does constructive work in the Delta region;

–Arkansas Hospitals Association, one of the major health care institutions in the region;

–Wilson Golden, Mississippi native now based in Georgia, former Presidential appointee in the Clinton administration where he served as one of the four managers for the Delta Regional Initiative along with Lee Powell, Harold Gist, and the late Al Eisenberg;

–Shaunte McFarland of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, another of our major academic institutions in the region;

–Ruthanne Hill, Executive Director of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit working for greater educational opportunities for single parents in the region;

–Mara Leverett, author of many books on Arkansas topics, including All Quiet at Mena, an account of drug smuggling and gun running out of the Mena, Arkansas airport–she will speak about drug abuse issues in Arkansas;

–Harvey Joe Sanner, long-time Delta regional advocate from Des Arc, Arkansas, president of the American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas;

–we always have representatiion from Sikeston and elsewhere in southeast Missouri and expect to have them in October, speaker TBD;

–we are working on other representatives from Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the region.

The basic schedule is:

Evening opening session on Thursday evening Oct. 20 from about 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at a central Little Rock location TBD soon,

Main session is Friday morning and lunch, Oct. 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clinton Library Great Hall.

First in-person conference since the pandemic–We have had virtual meetings but have not held in-person regional conferences the last few years due to the coronavirus, so this will be the first larger-scale in-person meeting in several years.

We usually have about 80 to 100 people including speakers such as the Governor, President Clinton and the nonpartisan Clinton Foundation, Congressional, state officials, mayors, nonprofit executives, business leaders and others interested in community and economic progress in the Greater Delta.

Key issues: job creation at good wages, infrastructure improvements, education and workforce development, USDA nutrition and rural development programs, health care, support for the Delta Regional Authority, and Delta Heritage tourism, and related issues.

Progress for Delta Regional Authority (DRA): We work on many issues and the DRA is only one of them, but we would like to observe the progress we as a region have made in getting the agency’s budget up to $180 million. We have gender and race diversity in the two highly capable senior officials at the DRA in Corey Wiggins of Mississippi as Federal Co-Chairman and Leslie Durham of Louisiana as Alternate Federal Co-Chairman.

We will finalize the agenda when it gets closer to the time of the event. At this relatively early date we just wanted to get this invitation sent to you to save the dates.

This is nonpartisan.

GROUP HOTEL

We have a discounted rate of $122 for the night of Oct. 20, 2022 at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Little Rock.

This discounted rate includes a hot breakfast buffet, complimentary onsite parking & complimentary shuttle service to/from the Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport, and Clinton Library.

To get the discounted rate call the Comfort Inn & Suites at 501-687-7700 and say you are with the Delta Caucus group.

Address is:

Comfort Inn & Suites

707 Interstate 30

Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

REGISTRATION FEES

Registration fees are a key part of our budget so we have to ask for them from all attendees and participants. This is a volunteer grassroots network and we ask all speakers except President Clinton, the Governor of Arkansas, Members of Congress to pay the $100 registration fees.

The easiest way to register is to go to the website at mdgc.us and go to the PayPal link that says “Donate” and make the payment automatically.

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

SCHEDULE

Opening session is Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Little Rock location TBD, usually at the State Capitol Rotunda or the Clinton School of Public Service.

Main session is Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clinton Library Great Hall.

Thanks very much. Lee Powell, Executive Director, Delta Caucus (202) 360-6347