The Fertile Delta

Mantle. Welcomes the Delta Regional Authority this Weekend

Mantle. hosts the Delta Regional Authority and its Delta Entrepreneurship Network this weekend as the group visits Jackson to locate and groom local entrepreneurs. DRA will be splitting time between the King Edward Hotel and Mantle. as they host breakout workshops and practice pitch sessions with local entrepreneurs.

Mantle. often hosts both educational and technology groups gratis such as Jackson Area Web + App Developers or JAWAD meetups (next one is Tuesday, February 7th) and The Else School at Millsaps College’s Else After Hours (last Tuesday). DRA, like these other groups, are integral cogs in the growing new information economy eco-system in Jackson. Thus, whether it is coaching entrepreneurs, educating coders and developers, or networking local professionals, these tech and education programs get it done.

If you are an educational or technology group looking for space to host an event, you can contact Mantle. here. Once we review your group we can get you set up to join the chorus of organizations moving our city and state forward.

But, don’t stop there! Here is a little about our new friends at DRA!

The Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region. Led by the Delta Regional Authority Board-comprised of the Federal Co-Chairman, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and the governors of the eight states-the Delta Regional Authority fosters local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and the quality of life for Delta residents.

Established in 2000 by Congress, the Delta Regional Authority makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities. Through the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program, these investments help to improve transportation and basic public infrastructure and to strengthen our workforce development system and local business environments. The Delta Regional Authority supports job creation and economic development through innovative approaches to growing local and regional leadership, increasing access to quality healthcare, and boosting opportunities for entrepreneurs to obtain affordable capital.

The 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority make up the most distressed area of the country. The time for action has arrived and the Delta Regional Authority is poised to work with local, state, and federal leaders to bring investment and opportunity back to the Delta region.

The Delta Entrepreneurship Network

The Delta Entrepreneurship Network is a competitive fellowship program to identify entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship support organizations in the Delta region, nurture entrepreneurial talent, and grow those entrepreneurs into talented, innovative drivers of the Delta’s local and regional economies.

In partnership with The Idea Village in New Orleans, the Delta Entrepreneurship Network affords participants the opportunity to access industry experts, gain technical knowledge, expand their entrepreneurial network, and contribute to the enhancement of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the DRA region. Participants will experience the development of a more connected, comprehensive network among entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial support service providers and educators.

Directly aligned with the DRA’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Policy Framework, the Network is helping to promote innovation, entrepreneurship education, and increased access to capital through a more connected, comprehensive regional network of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship support organizations. The Network has two tracks for participation. The first track — for entrepreneurs — will identify Entrepreneur Fellows through a series of pitch competitions across the region known as The Delta Challenge. From these competitions, judges will select up to 20 Entrepreneur Fellows. The second track — for entrepreneurship support organizations — will identify individuals or non-profit organizations that provide support services and educational training to entrepreneurs. Up to 16 will be selected from a paper application process.