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Delta Communities: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities through Data and Dialogue

Registration for the meetings is now closed.

Date:  Thursday, June 9, 2016
Time:  10 a.m.-1 p.m. CT
Location: Museum of the Mississippi Delta
1608 Highway 82 West
Greenwood, Miss. 38930

Date:  Friday, June 10, 2016
Time:  10 a.m.-1 p.m. CT
Location: Beth El Heritage Hall
406 Perry St.
Helena, Ark. 72342

Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, these inaugural Delta Communities meetings seek to bring together local leaders to talk about the challenges and opportunities of living and working in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. Join your peers at either location to hear about the results of the most recent edition of the St. Louis Fed's Community Development Outlook Survey and to learn from several local institutions that are offering creative solutions to build stronger communities across the Delta.

These convenings are very similar in format and content; please register for either the meeting in Greenwood or Helena.

Participation in this event is free; however, registration is required by Friday, June 3, as space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Drew Pack at 501-324-8268 or

Delta Communities Initiative

With an aim of strengthening communities across the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta region, the St. Louis Fed is launching the Delta Communities initiative to build awareness of promising tools and strategies for community and economic development through regional forums. The meetings will feature presentations from St. Louis Fed staff and regional and national representatives with experience in building and sustaining community and economic development efforts. Six forums, each of which will take place in both Arkansas and Mississippi, have been scheduled through the beginning of 2017, with additional dates to be announced later. Themes for the current slate of Delta Communities forums include:

  • Identifying Challenges and Opportunities through Data and Dialogue
    June 9 – Greenwood, Miss. | June 10 – Helena, Ark.
  • Understanding the Credit Environment for Small-Business Development and Expansion
    Aug. 11 – Greenwood | Aug. 12 – Helena
  • Building the Right Team and Relationships for Community and Economic Development
    Sept. 15 – Greenwood | Sept. 16 – Helena
  • Making a Plan for Financing Community and Economic Development
    Oct. 20 – Greenwood | Oct. 21 – Helena
  • Sourcing Financial Resources for Community and Economic Development
    Dec. 1 – Greenwood | Dec. 2 – Helena
  • Tapping the Community Reinvestment Act for Community and Economic Development
    Jan. 19 – Greenwood | Jan. 20 – Helena

Representatives from financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, chambers of commerce, government entities and other local leaders are welcome to participate. While the first six forums will take place in Greenwood, Miss., and Helena, Ark., leaders from communities across the Delta region are encouraged to attend.