Five committees of Delta Council will meet the morning of Friday, November 22 at the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Entrepreneurial Center in Stoneville at 10 a.m., followed by a keynote address from Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.
The Farm Policy Committee and the Flood Control Committee will meet in Capps Room A beginning at 10:00 a.m. Concurrently, the Advisory Research Committee, Soil and Water Resources Committee, and Aquaculture Committee will meet in Capps Room B at 10:00 a.m. Following those committee meetings, a General Session and lunch will convene, highlighted by featured guest Governor Phil Bryant.
“As he concludes his many years of elected public office, it is only fitting that Phil Bryant come to the Delta and Delta Council one more time like he has done hundreds of times over the past two decades plus to work with us to make our region better,” said Delta Council President Tom Gresham of Indianola. “There has not been a statewide public official in my lifetime who has demonstrated the willingness to roll up their sleeves and work with us to produce positive outcomes.
“In every facet of our economy and quality of life - workforce training, early childhood education, agriculture, natural resources, industrial development, infrastructure, and so many other areas - Governor Phil Bryant has done the right thing in the right manner. We look forward to honoring him and hearing his thoughts on our State as he leaves office.”
Governor Bryant, a Moorhead native, was sworn in for his second term as Mississippi’s 64th governor on January 12, 2016. Before becoming the State’s chief executive, Bryant was Lieutenant Governor from 2008-2011. He also served as state auditor and represented his legislative district in the Mississippi House of Representatives for five years.
Governor Bryant earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Hinds Community College and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Mississippi College, and before assuming his role as Governor, Bryant served as an adjunct professor of government there.
As Governor, Phil Bryant has led Mississippi in implementing transformational public education reforms, promoting economic development and building a competitive business climate that attracts major employers like Yokohama Tire Corporation, Amazon, and Continental Tire. Under Governor Bryant’s administration, over 36,000 jobs have been announced along with more than $7 billion in new corporate investments. He is also an avid outdoorsman and is a longtime member of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.
Governor Bryant and his wife, First Lady of Mississippi Deborah Bryant, have two adult children, Katie Bryant Snell and Patrick Bryant, and are active members of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Brandon.
In the Farm Policy Committee and Flood Control Committee joint session, USDA-FSA, USDA-Risk Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, and MS Levee Board representatives will headline the meeting.
In the Advisory Research Committee, Soil and Water Resources Committee, and Aquaculture Committee joint session, representatives from Mississippi State University, USDA-Agriculture Research Service, MS Department of Environmental Quality, YMD Water Management District, US Geological Service, and the National Sedimentation Lab will give reports on timely issues and initiatives impacting Delta agriculture and national resources.
The 2019 Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting is sponsored by longstanding Delta Council supporter, C Spire, the largest privately held wireless carrier in the country based in Mississippi.