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July 06, 2016  
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In this issue: FEMA planning for Louisiana flooding recovery | Big River Crossing
Project preview | Application deadline for DLI Executive Academy July 15

FEMA hosts planning meeting in Louisiana to coordinate flooding recovery

The DRA is committed to providing support for community planning, capacity building, and economic recovery when natural disasters strike communities in the Delta region. Last week, DRA joined FEMA and the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for a meeting with local, state, and federal officials to coordinate response and recovery efforts for Louisiana communities impacted by recent flooding. FEMA's National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) provides a much-needed structure that will help DRA and its federal, state, and local partners effectively support Delta communities with emergency resources in the wake of disasters as well as enhance trainings for local officials through the ECRC.

Louisiana will be the first statewide effort to coordinate services and resources of state and federal agencies under FEMA's National Disaster Recovery Framework. As a member of NDRF, the DRA is part of the interagency taskforce working on six core needs of communities in recovery: community planning and capacity building, economic recovery, infrastructure, social and human services, housing, and natural and cultural resources. 

FEMA's National Disaster Recovery Framework guide provides a flexible structure that enables recovery managers in disaster-impacted areas to operate in a unified manner. It also focuses on restoring, redeveloping, and revitalizing the health, social, economic, and environmental status of affected communities while building resilience for future catastrophes, prominently important to communities in the Delta region that are commonly affected by natural disasters.

Read the National Disaster Recovery Framework guide here >

Big River Crossing will connect Memphis and West Memphis for recreation and tourism

The Big River Crossing (formerly known as the Harahan Bridge), which spans the Mississippi River connecting vibrant downtown Memphis with east Arkansas, will soon have a bike and walk path further connecting the public to geotourism and recreation on both sides of the River. Set for completion in October 2016, the bridge will connect more than 100 miles of publicly accessible walking, biking, and hiking trails for urban and rural dwellers in the Delta region, further supporting the growth of geotourism for communities seeking economic opportunities through tourism centered around our region’s cultural, historical, and natural assets.

The project, which has worked with state and local officials on both sides of the River and the DRA, is led by Big River Strategic Initiative and the McVean Family of Memphis. The City of Memphis and Crittenden County, AR are interested in reopening the former roadways for bicycle and pedestrian traffic connecting the two communities. The pedestrian and bike path on the north side of the Big River Crossing will present spectacular views of Memphis and the Mississippi River.

See photos of the Big River Crossing Project >

Apply now for Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy Class of 2016-2017


The Delta Leadership Institute is excited to begin the application review and selection of its 12th Executive Academy class this month. Created to foster regional collaboration and leadership capacity building, the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy trains and engages commmunity leaders to improve the economic and social viability of the Delta region, providing the training, resources, and networking tools to make a positive impact in your Delta community.

If you know of someone who would be a great fit for the Delta Leadership Institute, please encourage them to apply and learn more at

Apply now >

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July 11, 2016 - July 12, 2016
ECRC Training on Economic Development - North Little Rock, Arkansas
July 14, 2016 - July 15, 2016
ECRC Training on Economic Development- Alamo, Tennessee
July 25, 2016 - July 26, 2016
ECRC Training on Economic Development- Thomasville, Alabama
July 28, 2016 - July 29, 2016
ECRC Training on Disaster Recovery- Eufaula, Alabama
August 8, 2016 - August 11, 2016
DLI Executive Academy - Session VI and Graduation
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August 22, 2016 - August 23, 2016
ECRC Training on Economic Development- Owensboro, Kentucky
August 25, 2016 - August 26, 2016
ECRC Training on Economic Development- West Plains, Missouri

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