Many of the 252
counties and parishes that make up the Delta region are characterized by
high poverty, high unemployment levels, low educational attainment, and
a loss of skilled labor. A corps of innovative leaders is needed to
turn the tide in the Delta region and help it to compete in the world
compete. The Delta Leadership Institute is designed to improve the decisions made by leaders across the region by strengthening leadership capacity and mutual understanding of regional, state, and local cultures and issues.
According to Dr. John L. Blackburn of the University of Alabama: "A
good community is comprised of more than one generation, embraces
transcending values that esteem each citizen, and creates a sense of
oneness where individuals set aside personal gain, benefit or goals for
the sake of the group."