States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)

NEWS: 2017-18 SEDAP Grants Awarded

October 3, 2017 – The Delta Regional Authority is pleased to announce over $20 million in funding through our States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) to improve infrastructure, enhance workforce, and support business opportunities in the Delta region. Coupled with contributions from DRA's public and private partners, total investments for 2017-18 will reach $231.6 million.

Click your state below or visit our newsroom to learn more about the projects that received SEDAP funding this cycle.


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 15 SEDAP funding cycles, the DRA has leveraged its $136 million of federal-state investments into nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment into community-based and regional projects--investments that have helped to create and retain 37,000 jobs, train more than 7,300 Delta workers for 21st century jobs, and connect over 66,000 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.


The 2017 SEDAP Application Cycle closed on May 31st. Please check back when the next application cycle opens in 2018.

Cumulative Regional Benefits from DRA*

The numbers below are for FY 2002-FY 2016

Total DRA Projects
DRA Investment
$ 162,929,471
Other Public Investment
$ 1,025,119,174
Other Private Investment
$ 2,302,149,129
Overall Total Investment
$ 3,490,197,775
Total Investment Leverage Ratio
Jobs Created and 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 25, 2017