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Fuqua graduates from Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Landy Fuqua, of Martin, has graduated from the 2015-16 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, hosted by the Delta Regional Authority. Participants in this yearlong leadership training program are nominated by their respective state governors, and Fuqua was one of eight individuals representing the state of Tennessee.

Fuqua is director of the University of Tennessee at Martin Regional Entrepreneur and Economic Development Center and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. She received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a Master of Business Administration from UT Martin and has worked with the university since 2007. She is also a certified small business counselor, a 2009 graduate of the Weakley County Leadership program and a 2014 graduate of the WestStar Leadership Program. She and her husband, Bill, own and operate Old Salem Farms in Martin.

The executive academy includes six sessions across the Delta region and in Washington, D.C., which cover advocacy training, case study discussions and field studies of priority issues for the region, including workforce training and education, small business and entrepreneurship, public health, transportation and basic public infrastructure.

“The Tennessee DLI delegates selected by Governor Haslam exemplify the spirit of local leadership, and I’m thrilled to celebrate their completion of this noble pursuit,” said Ted Townsend, chief of staff for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Gov. Bill Haslam’s designee to the Delta Regional Authority board. “We are thankful to the Delta Regional Authority’s board, and especially Chairman Masingill, for their support of the DLI program. West Tennessee gets stronger each year that these talented, passionate community leaders take what they learn back to the communities they serve.”

Since 2005, DLI has worked to improve the decisions made by community leaders across the delta region by broadening their understanding of regional issues, building a corps of alumni with regional and national perspectives, developing a toolkit of resources to address issues facing local communities, and providing the training and professional development needed to expand skilled local leadership.

The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states.

For more information, contact Fuqua at 731-587-7333 or by email at


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