Leadership group attends conference in Washington, D.C.

Leadership group attends conference in Washington, D.C.

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:00 pm

Brad Thompson of Union City was one of a key group of community leaders from across West Tennessee who recently participated in a four-day conference with federal officials in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Delta Leadership Executive Academy, selected by Gov. Bill Haslam, met with their congressional delegation to talk about issues affecting the Delta region, including creating good-paying jobs, growing small business and entrepreneurs and supporting a Delta built to last.
Participants were in Washington for the February session of the Delta Leadership Institute, a year-long program for community leaders across the Delta that prepares them to collaborate and address the most-pressing issues of the Delta region.
In addition to meeting with their congressional delegation, the class attended sessions with USDA-Rural Development Deputy Undersecretary Doug O’Brien and Economic Development Assistant Secretary John Fernandez.
They also attended a presentation by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Business Council at the White House.
This year, for the first time, the executive academy held its session of high level meetings in Washington, DC.
Thompson was recently named the community development director for the City of Martin, having previously served as the project coordinator for the Ken-Tenn Regional Alliance Development Corporation.
In addition to Thompson, others at the session representing West Tennessee included David Lenoir and Daniel Springer of Memphis, David Parsons of Bartlett and John Stevens of Huntingdon.
“Developing great leadership in our communities is key to economic growth in the Delta region,’’ said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill.
“It was an early priority for me to bring the members of this class to Washington, D.C. We must expand the economic development efforts of the network. One cog in the wheel of developing that network is a better understanding the federal process,” he said.
The meeting covered a variety of topics, ranging from workforce training and economic development to transportation and health care.

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