Stapleton Appointed to Executive Advisory Committee for Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus


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Dr. James Stapleton

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 10, 2011 — Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of management at Southeast Missouri State University, was recently appointed to the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus Executive Advisory Committee.

The Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus is dedicated to promoting economic development in the eight-state Delta region which includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Alabama and Missouri.  They welcome input and support from interested parties that want to promote economic development in the Delta. 

“I am pleased to work with the other dedicated members of the Executive Committee to advocate on behalf of the economically disadvantaged Mississippi Delta region,” Stapleton said. “While there are challenges that face the region, there is a wealth of talent, cultural strength and economic diversity to draw upon as we work together to create a more prosperous future.”

As an Executive Advisory Committee member for Missouri, Stapleton provides input to the caucus from the Missouri and assists in managing the activities of the Grassroots Caucus.  Stapleton joins Dr. Martha Ellen Black, executive director of the Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center in East Prairie, who is also a Missouri state coordinator along with Mike Marshall, former Mayor of Sikeston. 

The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University is one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business incubation and development services.  The CIE supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to advance the region’s economic appeal and strength by accelerating local and regional economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the surrounding region.

For more information about the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, call (573) 651-2929 or visit