The Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders in the eight-state Delta region. DGC is also a founding partner of the Economic Equality Caucus,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

State Coordinators

The Delta Grassroots Caucus traces its roots in the mid-1990s to three major bipartisan initiatives dedicated to promoting economic development in the eight-state Delta region. First, the Mississippi Delta Regional Initiative of the Clinton administration, which included all federal departments and agencies with domestic policy jurisdiction.

Secondly, the grassroots coalition of local leaders called the Delta Caucus that was founded in the mid-1990s and active until 2000.

Thirdly, the Southern Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community Forum, consisting of all EZs and ECs in the Delta region. The Southern EZ/EC Forum subsequently became a part of the current Delta Grassroots Caucus.

This movement originated from Gov. Bill Clinton, the late Sen. Dale Bumpers, Rep. Bill Alexander, Lee Powell, Kevin Smith and other Arkansans, but we welcome participation from anyone in the eight states or across the country who supports this initiative for economic progress.

There have been other significant advocacy groups in the region in the past who made important contributions.

The Clinton administration Delta initiative and the grassroots coalition worked with each other and all other relevant institutions in the Delta, culminating in such milestones as President Clinton’s passages on the Mississippi Delta region in his 2000 State of the Union address, the comprehensive Clinton administration report on the Delta published in 2000 (Delta Vision, Delta Voices: The Mississippi Delta Beyond 2000), the White House conference on the Delta in 2000, and Congress’ passage of the legislation creating the Delta Regional Authority, signed into law by President Clinton in late 2000.

Since 2001, the networks of individuals involved in those organizations have continued working in a bipartisan fashion with Congress and the national executive branch. The Grassroots Caucus welcomes support from people of all persuasions and political parties who want to promote economic development in the Delta, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, parts of Alabama, west Tennessee, west Kentucky, southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

The great majority of the activities of the Delta Caucus focus on educational/informational work and NOT lobbying. Less than 80% of our activities have any connection to lobbying.

The state coordinators advise the executive director, the board of directors and the executive committee of the Delta Grassroots Caucus concerning major Delta regional issues in their states.


  • Millie Atkins, Century Link, Public Policy Manager, broadband access expansion program across the Delta region, headquarters in Monroe, Louisiana


  • Mayor Errick Simmons, Greenville, Mississippi


  • Harvey Joe Sanner, President, American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas, Des Arc, Arkansas veteran Delta regional advocate

  • Johnnie Bolin, Chairman, Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition, based in Crossett, Arkansas


  • Alan Gumbel, president, Gumbel & Associates, Memphis, Tennessee (played an important role in the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Commission)


  • Brad Cole, Illinois; Executive Director, Illinois Municipal League; former mayor of Carbondale, Illinois


Josh Tubbs, economic development office, Marshall County, Kentucky


  • Billy McFarland, Alabama Black Belt regional advocate