Leader’s time at Delta Re­gional Au­thor­ity comes to an end

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - FRANK E. LOCK­WOOD

WASH­ING­TON — Chris Masingill an­nounced Thurs­day that he’s no longer fed­eral co-chair­man of the Delta Re­gional Au­thor­ity.

“This af­ter­noon, I was no­ti­fied that my holdover po­si­tion … has come to an end, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately,” Masingill said in a let­ter ad­dressed to “DRA friends and sup­port­ers.”

Al­though he was ap­pointed by a Demo­crat, the new Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tion re­tained him for an ad­di­tional six months.

“It has been a tremen­dous honor and priv­i­lege to serve all of you, and to work on be­half of the Delta re­gion,” he said.

The au­thor­ity, which was cre­ated in 2000 with the sup­port of Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, cov­ers seven states along the Mis­sis­sippi River plus Alabama and en­com­passes 252 coun­ties and parishes, many of them with high rates of poverty.

The au­thor­ity was one of 19 in­de­pen­dent agen­cies tar­geted for clo­sure un­der a 2018 bud­get blue­print re­leased in March by the White House Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion, which awards mil­lions of dol­lars in grants each year, “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,” its web­site states.

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