The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana presents the first Louisiana Rural Economic Development Summit along with Southern University Law Center this week in Marksville at the Paragon Casino Resort.  Tribe Chairman Marshall Pierite says the goal of the summit is to connect rural communities with local, state, and national leaders, as well as Native American Country.

“We want to improve the quality of life in rural areas by helping future generations develop an entrepreneurial spirit while providing them with the tools and the resources to be successful,” said Pierite.

Pierite hopes the summit, which kicked of yesterday and continues through tomorrow, helps develop a steady platform for small business owners and elected officials.

“To build relationships and create strategic partnerships throughout Louisiana for the sake of fostering economic development,” said Pierite.

Pierite says the summit will also feature two of the three individuals on the ballot for the Governor’s race.

“Governor Edwards is going to be speaking on Tuesday morning and Congressman Abraham is going to be the keynote speaking for the luncheon on Monday,” said Pierite.