Delta Regional Authority
December 15, 2015  
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Delta News Round-up

In this Issue: 2015 Mississippi SEDAP investments | New Mississippi Designee & Alternate
DLI hosts second session on education and public health
AL communities showcase workforce, local foods achievements

Governor Bryant, Chairman Masingill announce $15 million for 7 projects in Mississippi

The DRA announced the 2015 SEDAP awards for Mississippi that will leverage $1.1 million in DRA resources into more than $15 million in federal, state, and local resources to support small business owners and entrepreneurs, workers and their families by improving local public infrastructure, economic development, workforce training, and job creation in Mississippi’s Delta region.

The announcement was made from the site of one of this year's projects, Up in Farms Food Hub in Jackson. The investments include building renovations and expansions for the regional food hub and Hinds Community College workforce training program in Jackson, a new wellness center in Moorhead and manufacturing facility in Clarksdale; sewer improvements in Pope and at the Port of Greenville; a further construction for an access road in Bay Springs. The investments expect to create and retain 95 jobs and train 92 workers.

Read the list of projects and full release >

DRA welcomes new board member from Mississippi

States' Co-Chair and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has named Alice Perry as his new designee and alternate to the DRA board. Alice recently joined Governor Bryant's office as Senior Policy Advisor, after serving as Deputy Director for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality with extensive exeprience in environmental policy and management, including managing the Initial Comprehensive Plan for the RESTORE Act implementation.

The DRA welcomes Alice to the team and looks forward to working with her on aligning DRA policy initiatives and investments with the economic development goals of Mississippi and the other states within the Delta region. DRA says goodbye to former designee & alternate Pierce Moore and wishes him the best in his new opportunity in investment banking with Stephens Inc. in Memphis, TN.

Learn more about Alice Perry >

Delta Leadership Institute learns successful models in education, workforce training, and public health

The second session of the DLI Executive Academy was held in Vicksburg, MS last week, with topical focus on public education, workforce training, and public health and the successful models that are making Delta communities more attractive and healthier places to live, work, and raise a family.

The fellows visited Bowmar Elementary School to experience the transformative learning environment the school has created using the "Leader in Me" program and participated in exercise activities with Linda Fondren of Shape Up Sisters, which led a citywide movement to get fit and lose more than 15,000 lbs through targeted marketing and strategic partnerships with all sectors of the community. They also learned about service opportunities that AmeriCorps NCCC provides to local communities and organizations at the agency's regional headquarters and training center. 

Learn more about the Delta Leadership Institute >

Alabama communities taking big steps toward strengthening regional workforce pipeline and local food systems

DRA leadership participated in two exciting events for Alabama communities: the kickoff of Sumter County's Work Ready Communities Certification and a tour of the City of Tuskegee's implementation of Local Foods Local Places. 

In Livingston, AL, elected officials, University of West Alabama leadership, and community leaders joined the UWA cheerleading squad to launch the county's certification process as an ACT Work Ready Community, which will help residents achieve their National Career Readiness Certificate and mark Sumter County as a great place to do business and hire a skilled workforce.

Tuskegee, AL, has made major progress with planning support from Local Foods Local Places, an interagency federal initiative to help strengthen regional food systems in support or business growth and healthier communities. Chairman Masingill joined DRA board designee Jim Byard, Appalachian Regional Commission federal co-chair Earl Gohl, and local leaders to tour the city's farmer's market, community garden, community development center, and food pantry, which is in the process of growing to be a regional food hub and training center with funding from DRA and ARC.

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