The Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition will sponsor the first Southeast Arkansas Regional Economic Development Candidates Forum May 17 at the Drew Central School District auditorium in Monticello.

All candidates for state House districts 8, 9, and 11;  state Senate district 26; and U.S. House districts 1 and 4 have been invited to participate.

“The Cornerstone region is lucky to have doubled in our congressional representation,” said Zack Tucker, Cornerstone director. “We must ensure now that both the 4th and 1st district candidates know and understand the real issues of Southeast Arkansas.”

State House candidates will speak at 5 p.m. followed by state Senate candidates at 6 p.m. and U.S. House candidates at 7 p.m.

A panel comprised of one representative from each of the Cornerstone’s five member counties will ask one question of the candidates on a topic area related to economic development in Southeast Arkansas.

The event will be streamed live by Connect Arkansas at connect-arkansas.org or livestream.com/connectartv.

The Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition is a regional community and economic development non-profit organization serving Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties.

For more information on the Southeast Arkansas Regional Economic Development Candidates Forum or the Cornerstone Coalition contact the Cornerstone office on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus Harris Hall 331 or via phone at 870-460-1224.