States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)

Strategic investment in the 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority is helping to improve the quality of life and boost economic development opportunities. The main investment tool used by the Delta Regional Authority is the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which provides direct investment into community-based and regional projects that address the DRA’s congressionally mandated four funding priorities.

Under federal law, at least 75 percent of DRA funds must be invested in economically distressed counties and parishes. Half of these funds are targeted to transportation and basic infrastructure improvements. The remaining funds are directed to DRA’s other funding priorities of workforce development and business development with a focus on entrepreneurship.

The DRA works closely with the 44 Local Development Districts in the DRA footprint that serve as front-line project managers to ensure community-relevant project development and investment. SEDAP investments emphasize job creation, regional collaboration, and health and safety for communities.

Through 14 SEDAP funding cycles, the DRA has leveraged its $138.4 million of federal-state investments into nearly $3 billion in public and private investment into community-based and regional projects--investments that have helped to create and retain 26,000 jobs, train more than 7,200 Delta workers for 21st century jobs, and connect nearly 65,000 families to clean water and/or sewer service.

States' investments into DRA generate incredible returns on investment (ROI). View our State Snapshots and Investment Reports highlighting the ROI for DRA's SEDAP projects.

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The FY 2017 application cycle is open through May 31. To apply for funding, review the application guidelines, contact your local development district, then visit

Cumulative Regional Benefits from DRA*

The numbers below are for FY 2002-FY 2015

Total DRA Projects
DRA Investment
$ 138,358,642
Other Public Investment
$ 752,254,205
Other Private Investment
$ 2,208,673,037
Overall Total Investment
$ 2,960,927,242
Total Investment Leverage Ratio
Jobs Created
Jobs Retained
Individuals Trained for Jobs
Families Affected
Projected Jobs to be Created & Retained
Projected Individuals to be Trained for Jobs
Projected Families to be Affected

*Outcomes as of February 8, 2016