The State of Illinois is sending four leaders to the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI.) They will join fellows from the seven other Delta states to participate in the 10-month DLI Executive Academy to help further their skills in community leadership, policy development, and regional collaboration to drive economic growth across the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions.

The Program brings together representatives from the public, private, and non-profit sectors from across the Delta region. Illinois' 2019 – 2020 Delta Leadership Institute Fellows are:

• Deborah Barnett of Marion, director, Business Incubator Programs & Interim Associate Director, SIU Research Park, Southern Illinois University;

• Jamie Green of Murphysboro, president, Murphysboro Main Street;

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• Lauren Bonner of Carbondale, Senate aid, Office of Senator Richard Durbin;

• Brooke Guthman of Murphysboro, member services manager, Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association.

— The Southern

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