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Gov. Asa Hutchinson to Keynote Simmons Bank Delta Conference - May 12, 2017

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker on Friday, May 19, when Simmons Bank sponsors a conference on the future of the Arkansas Delta.

The conference will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Also scheduled to address the conference is former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater, a Marianna native.

The conference, titled "The Arkansas Delta: Why It Still Matters," is designed to help Delta leaders network with each other and discuss how to deal with a declining population base. A catfish lunch will be served prior to the governor’s address. All 135 state legislators, city officials and county officials have been invited to attend.

There’s no registration fee, but those planning to attend are asked to register in advance at The registration desk on the day of the event will open at 8:30 a.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

The co-chairmen for the conference are Raymond Abramson of Holly Grove and Ritter Arnold of Marked Tree.

In addition to Slater, morning speakers will be Simmons Bank Chairman George Makris Jr., Randy Zook of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Mike Preston of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Dr. Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Dr. Shane Speights of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University and Dr. Fitzgerald Hill of the Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development.

Afternoon speakers will be Chris Masingill of the Delta Regional Authority, Robert Moore Jr. of the Arkansas Highway Commission, Doug Friedlander of Friends of the Historic White River Bridge at Clarendon, Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Arkansas State University and Scott Simon of the Nature Conservancy.

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About Simmons Bank

Simmons Bank (Member FDIC) is an Arkansas state-chartered bank that started as a community bank in 1903. Through the decades, Simmons has developed a full suite of financial products and services designed to meet the needs of individual consumers and business customers alike. Simmons has grown steadily to approximately $8.4 billion in assets as of December 31, 2016, with approximately 150 branch locations throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. It is the subsidiary bank for Simmons First National Corporation, a publicly-traded bank holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. For more information, visit

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Rex Nelson

Senior Vice President

Director of Corporate Community Relations

Simmons Bank