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Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, will be the guest speaker at the Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition Regional Economic Development Banquet on May 21 at 6 p.m. in the Green Room of the Gibson Center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Bennett will discuss rail development, the I-69 and I-530 connector, Great River Bridge, and other Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) issues affecting Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln counties.

During the banquet, the coalition will unveil a new regional career website, recognize the 2012 Cornerstone Leadership Development Institute graduates, and present regional economic development awards.

For more information on the Regional Economic Development Banquet or the Cornerstone Coalition or to purchase tickets, please contact Zack Tucker at 870-460-1224, or [email protected].

The Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition is a regional economic development organization representing Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties.