DeltaVision TV Show Features Louisiana Governor Blanco
“Education is economic development,” explains Blanco. “You have to be training your citizens from childhood on into adulthood to meet the demands of our ever-changing work environments.”
Blanco went on to explain that healthcare is also an important issue for the region. “If adults are sick, they can’t work to support their families. If children are sick, they can’t learn and perform well in school.” Blanco said that she is working with the legislature to better financially support the state’s healthcare system to deliver needed medical care to Louisiana’s citizens.
Also in this episode of DeltaVision, Host Howard Robertson and Guest Host Dee Griffin take you on a guided tour of the Arkansas Young Artist Exhibition, explore development practices at the Mid South Delta Leaders Tri-state Summit, interview representatives from the Foundation for the Mid South and the Vicksburg Family Development Service, and introduce viewers to innovative entrepreneurs at Peter’s Pottery and Impressario’s Choice.
This television program is a part of the Mid South Delta Initiative (MSDI) funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Since 1997, MSDI has made grants to community-based coalitions and large nonprofit organizations that work across the Delta Region.
Look for DeltaVision on WLMT (UPN) in Memphis, TN; KARK (NBC) in Little Rock, AR; KARD (FOX) in Monroe, LA; WXVT (CBS) in Greenville, MS; KASN (UPN) in Little Rock/Pine Bluff, AR; KAIT (ABC) in Jonesboro, AR; and WAPT (ABC) in Jackson, MS. Or watch DeltaVision online at www.msdi.org/delta_vision.
Rural Development Grantee Becomes Voice for Ohio Mayors Group
The Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development (ILGARD) at Ohio University's Voinovich Center is becoming a voice at the state and local level for the Mayors Partnership for Progress. Mayors Partnership for Progress is a group of mayors from cities and villages in an 11-county region in southeastern OThe Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development (ILGARD) at Ohio University is becoming a voice at the state and local level for the Mayors Partnership for Progress. Mayors Partnership for Progress is a group of mayors from cities and villages in an 11-county region in southeastern Ohio who cooperate on issues, such as economic development and tourism.
ILGARD, with funding from a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, defined policy goals related to sewer and water infrastructure for the Mayors Partnership for Progress and is promoting these goals at the state level by increasing communications among state technical assistance agencies, communities and funding agencies.
ILGARD is encouraging changes to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s institutional policy to assist small communities in addressing their wastewater needs. It also is establishing communication between the Ohio Water Development Authority and Local Development Districts, sharing models of small-community sewer and water facility solutions with the American Council for Engineering Companies and is partnering with the Ohio Appalachian Environmental Infrastructure group on the development of a sewer and water resource guide for small rural communities.
For more information about the ILGARD project, visit www.cannetwork.org.
June 17, 2005