Mayor Harless Attends Delta Leadership Network Annual Conference

Date of release:  January 23, 2017

Mayor Brandi Harless currently is attending the Delta Leadership Network Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The theme of this three-day conference is “resilience.”  Attendees have the opportunity to network as well as explore best practices and hear from world-renown speakers.  Some of the speakers include Bonnie Canal, managing partner with The Resiliency Network, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Mark Romig, president/CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Mayor Harless says, "Last year, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) provided funding support to two very important projects in Paducah:  the floodwall and the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center.  I have the privilege of being a graduate of the DRA Leadership Institute and am proud to represent Paducah at this year's conference.  This is one step toward my goal of identifying and securing even more resources for the work ahead in Paducah."

Last December, the City of Paducah accepted a $400,000 grant from the DRA Community Infrastructure Fund for the Floodwall Pump Station #2 rehabilitation project. The pump station is located at 1416 North 6th Street.  The project includes the replacement of discharge pipes and the sluice gate and the rehabilitation of various mechanical/electrical components of all seven pumps and motors not previously repaired. This pump station has the greatest pumping capacity of 313,000 gallons per minute.

The Delta Leadership Network was organized by members of the Delta Leadership Institute classes with the goal of sharing best practices and ideas.  The Delta Leadership Institute is a program of the DRA that educates leaders on issues facing the region including public health, education, transportation, small business, entrepreneurship, workforce training, and economic development.