It was great see you last week at the I-20 Corridor Accelerator announcement for the Rural Jobs Accelerator in Ruston. I would like to personally thank you for being a part of this important day that brought together Administration officials, community leaders, small business owners, and entrepreneurs about something that not only concerns the economy of the I-20 Corridor, but also that of the surrounding area and the Delta region as a whole.
I would especially like to thank Matt Erskine with the Economic Development Administration and Louisiana State Director Clarence Hawkins with USDA - Rural Development for being a part of this historic initiative with the Delta Regional Authority. By coming together a common goal of tackling rural issues, we can turn the challenges facing the Delta into opportunities. It is our priority to raise our people out of poverty and help create lasting, good-paying jobs for years to come. I believe all of our communities can only be strong if the region is strong. When it comes to creating jobs and driving investment into the Delta, we are partners. We must be partners.
It was a privilege to meet with so many of the great local leaders that understand the importance of building stronger communities, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, and improving the lives of those in our cities and towns across rural America. If there is any way that the Delta Regional Authority or I can ever be of service to you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority