Joining President LaForge is Dr. Temika Simmons, director of the Local Government Leadership Institute.
Delta State is pleased to share with you the opening of a new community outreach initiative called the Local Government Leadership Institute.
At Delta State, one of our visioning principles includes embracing community engagement and programs that address educational deficiencies and poverty, support economic growth, and promote civility and racial harmony. Well-managed local governments are important not only to the citizens they serve, but also to the businesses, industries, and other entities that are located in those communities.
The focus of the Local Government Leadership Institute is to assist Delta communities in addressing governance challenges by providing local officials with the knowledge and tools needed to run their municipalities effectively and efficiently. The Institute offers basic, hands-on, governance training on a variety of municipal topics and provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to:
- Improve and sustain the communities in which they live and work
- Develop a regional approach to economic success
- Enhance community relations
- Increase public trust in local government
- Advance public civility and racial harmony
- Improve the community’s economy and quality of life
A special thanks to the Robert M. Hearin Foundation and Casey Family Programs for their financial support in helping to make this valuable program a reality.
In other campus news, the office of Career Services is hosting an event, Which Fork Do I Use? on February 15 from 12-2 p.m. where they will assist Delta State students in learning dining etiquette and network training. The event will be held in the east lobby on the second floor of the Union. In athletic news, the men’s and women’s basketball teams host Lee University on Saturday with tipoff at 2 and 4 p.m. And the Statesmen baseball team opens its home schedule this weekend at Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field with games against Southern Indiana and Quincy University. Check out gostatesmen.com for game times. To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.