Illinois is sending five leaders from Southern Illinois to the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute.
They will join fellows from seven other states and participate in the 10-month DLI Executive Academy program to help further their skills in community leadership and policy development to promote regional collaboration and local economic growth across DRA’s eight-state region.
The fellows, who were selected by Gov. Rauner and DRA leadership, are Tiffany George, of Villa Ridge, executive director of the Southern Five Regional Planning District & Development Commission; Tom Harness, of Carterville, owner of Harness Digital Marketing; Jenny Pruitt, of Broughton, district aide for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus; Karen Stallman, of Ellis Grove, director of community relations for Southern Illinois University Carbondale; and Mark York, of Equality, finance chair for the Gallatin County Board.
Illinois’s DLI fellows will attend six sessions across the region, visiting each of the eight states in the DRA footprint. They will engage in policy and program development, advocacy training, case-study discussions, and on-the-ground field experiences aligned with DRA’s priorities for the region. Those priorities include: transportation and infrastructure; workforce training and education; entrepreneurship and disaster resilience for small businesses and communities; public health; policy and governance; and culture and tourism.