AEDI Announces Red River Leadership Institute

Press Release: September 3, 2019

The Red River Leadership Institute (RRLI) will hold the first of seven training sessions on the campus of Texas AM at Texarkana beginning September 5.

The RRLI, focused on promoting economic development in the regions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma that surround the Red River, has scheduled training sessions in each of the four states. “We are excited to work with universities, colleges, planning development districts and local businesses from the region to make this training possible,” says AEDI Director Jim Youngquist, “and we are pleased to be one of the primary sponsors.”

Beginning in September and ending in May, renowned presenters and educators will teach leadership skills in community development, downtown revitalization, technology, entrepreneurship, tourism, workforce development and creating a livable regional community. “Over twenty-five economic planners, government officials, business people and community leaders from across the region will participate,” according to Chris Brown, Executive Director of the Ark-Tex Council of Governments. “We think that the hands-on skills offered will make a real difference to communities struggling with economic change.”

RRLI is designed to give regional leaders the tools to create smart and innovative economic development opportunities for the Red River Region and beyond. Brad Bain, Director of the Oklahoma State University McCurtain County Extension Service adds, “The Institute is an exciting opportunity for our folks and the first, we hope, of many opportunities to learn new and more effective approaches to confronting the economic challenges facing the region.”

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For More Information: April Campbell, AEDI or 870-703-6144