MURRAY, Ky. — The Delta Leadership Network (DLN) recently held an orientation for new members of its 2017-18 advisory council, including Chris Wooldridge of Murray who joins Brad Davis with the Purchase Area Development District in representing Kentucky. Wooldridge is the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) district director for the Murray State SBDC and Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business.

DLN provides graduates of the annual Delta Leadership Institute’s Executive Academy with opportunities to engage in continued learning, information sharing, and collaboration at regional levels within their state and across the Delta region. The Advisory Council promotes collaborative projects and networking that help alumni support community and economic development projects that will help create and retain jobs, build local communities, and improve lives.

“Chris is an outstanding leader who contributes a great deal to the growth and development of the west Kentucky and Delta region,” said DRA Chairman Chris Masingill. “I look forward to working with this incredibly accomplished set of Delta leaders to improve the capacity of our local leadership.”

The advisory council also helps to plan DLN’s annual conference, which brings together more than 200 alumni to discuss policy areas important to the region’s success and learn about new models for community improvement. Wooldridge was elected by fellow DLN members in Kentucky and confirmed by Delta Regional Authority leadership to serve a one-year term.

“The Delta Region Authority continues to be a very important partner in growth for the eight states of the delta region. It is both a pleasure and an honor to serve on the Delta Regional Advisory Council to provide feedback and support for the Commonwealth and the delta region,” said Wooldridge.

About the Delta Leadership Institute: The Delta Leadership Institute is a program of the Delta Regional Authority in partnership with the University of Alabama, Arkansas State University, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Through its Executive Academy, DLI has provided leadership development to 500 community leaders over twelve years and strengthened skills development, information sharing, and regional collaboration. DLI maintains an environment for continued education and engagement for its alumni through the Delta Leadership Network. Learn more at dra.gov/leadership.

About DRA: The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged federal resources into nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workforce improvement, and infrastructure development projects. DRA investments have helped to create and retain more than 37,000 jobs, train more than 7,300 workers for 21st century jobs, and deliver water and sewer improvements to more than 66,000 residents. Learn more at dra.gov.

The Delta Leadership Network (DLN) recently held an orientation for new members of its 2017-18 advisory council, including Chris Wooldridge (pictured) of Murray who joins Brad Davis with the Purchase Area Development District in representing Kentucky. Wooldridge is the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) district director for the Murray State SBDC and Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business.