LITTLE ROCK, AR – Pattie Odom, Economic/ Downtown Development Director for the City of Minden, has successfully completed the Delta Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for regional leaders sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority and administered by The University of Alabama.
Odom received her "Award of Completion" on July 11, during the graduation ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol Building Rotunda in Little Rock.
She is part of a graduating class of 45 Delta leaders that will now join the Delta Leadership Network, the Delta Leadership Institute's organization of alumni – that now includes 300 leaders from across the Delta region.
The Delta Leadership Institute is a year-long program designed to foster collaborative regional initiatives across the Delta region.
Throughout the year Odom worked with other Delta leaders to enhance her leadership skills while developing a regional perspective and vision. She now holds two certifications – Crucial Conversations and Influencer – in addition to recognition by the Delta Regional Authority.
"The Delta Leadership Institute emphasizes regionalism within the Delta and encourages collaboration among our regional community leaders," Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said. "We charge these graduates to return to their communities to lead and transform the Delta region.
The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that serves 252 counties and parishes in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
The Delta Leadership Institute is possible through a strong relationship with the United States Department of Agriculture. The Rural Communities Advancement Program funds regional initiatives with the guiding principal to create greater leverage for additional funding, collaboration, and partnerships with private and public resources for community and project investment in the Delta region.