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    Tunica-Biloxi Tribe to co-host the first Louisiana Rural Economic Development Summit with Southern University Law Center


    MARKSVILLE – The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is partnering with the Southern University Law Center (SULC) and the Southern University College of Business University Center for Economic Development to co-host the first Louisiana Rural and Economic (LaRuE) Development Summit in Marksville, LA at Paragon Casino Resort on Sunday, July 7 – Tuesday, July 9. Governor John Bel Edwards will address attendees at a special breakfast on Tuesday, July 9.

    The goal of the summit is to connect rural communities with local, state and national leaders as well as Native American Country and improving life in rural areas by helping future generations develop an entrepreneurial mindset while providing them the tools to succeed.

    “Our hope is that through this summit, we can develop a steady platform for small business owners and elected officials to be able to build relationships and create smart partnerships throughout Louisiana,” said Marshall Pierite, chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. “We’re grateful to Southern University Law Center for hosting this event with us and for offering to provide their knowledge from the legal perspective.”

    At the summit, the following topics will be discussed by panels of three to five people:

    • Workforce Development
    • Community Development in Rural America
    • 5G Expansion/Broadband Opportunities
    • Healthcare Access in Rural Communities
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • New Marketing Opportunities in Agriculture
    • Financial Services
    • Small Business Opportunities
    • Creating and Improving Economic and Business Relationships with Tribal Governments
    • Business Development Opportunities with LA Tribes

    The summit will feature local and nationally-recognized scholars as well as business and community leaders who will share their expertise on the summit topics.

    The conference is open to all economic development professionals, including business owners, small business developers, government officials, chamber of commerce professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, faculty and staff from all universities within the state of Louisiana and students. In addition, anyone who is interested in learning more about economic development in rural areas or about doing business with tribal governments, is welcome to attend.

    The registration fee is $100. For details and to register, visit www.sulc.edu/larue or call (318) 597-8981.

    For more information on Southern University Law Center, visit www.sulc.edu.

    For more information on the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit https://www.tunicabiloxi.org/.

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