NEWS: DRA funding fully restores water system to 450 residents, businesses in Cotton Plant
COTTON PLANT, AR. – The City of Cotton Plant has reliable drinking water again thanks to a $37,721 emergency funding investment from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). Repairs to the city’s water filtration plant were completed today as full electrical power was restored to the system, which suffered a burned out electrical circuit in January.
Cotton Plant’s water filtration system was severely damaged after a Jan. 9 fire. Since then, only parts of the water system have been operable with power from a generator that has been a temporary solution. DRA funding was used to demolish older equipment and install new wiring, and electrical panels to bring continuous water supply to the city.
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority opens application period to attract community investments
CLARKSDALE, Miss. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is opening the 2017 application cycle to provide investments through its States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP). The program is DRA’s primary investment tool to spur infrastructure improvements, help develop the Delta’s workforce and local businesses by enhancing regional economic opportunities in the 252 counties and parishes it serves.
Organizations and communities interested in applying can learn more and begin their application online at funding.dra.gov. The application process runs through May 31, and funds are available in DRA’s footprint in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority issues DeltaCorps funding opportunity for local organizations
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) will provide funding for high-performing local organizations across its eight-state region to help improve economic opportunity in their communities. DeltaCorps member slots are available for service beginning September 2017.
Notices of intent to apply for funding must be submitted by April 28 and completed applications are due May 12. The Notice of Intent to Apply and the full Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found on the DRA website at dra.gov/deltacorps. Organizations with a focus on economic opportunity and workforce development are strongly encouraged to apply.
DeltaCorps is a DRA and AmeriCorps National program that seeks to engage individuals and organizations in intensive service across the 252 counties and parishes in the DRA footprint. Service projects focus on improving economic opportunities by helping create jobs, build communities and improve the live of the Delta’s 10 million residents. Since 1994, AmeriCorps has attracted 1 million members who have contributed more than 1.2 billion service hours to communities across the nation.
DRA, Operation HOPE expand financial empowerment, entrepreneurial training with $500,000 investment
Delta businesses, families to receive access to no-cost one-on-one credit and money management counseling support and entrepreneur training workshops
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – Low-income families and small businesses across the Delta will have access to vital financial literacy education and entrepreneurial training programs through a new partnership between the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and global financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE, Inc.
DRA will invest $250,000, with a $250,000 match programming contribution from strategic financial partners of Operation HOPE, to provide groundbreaking economic uplift in the region, beginning with six rural communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The goal of the initiative is to serve more than 3,000 individuals and businesses in 2017.
The initial impact areas include DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes in Louisiana; Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi; and Fayette and Haywood counties in Tennessee. Operation HOPE will install certified financial wellbeing coaches in the specified communities. The coaches will provide one-on-one counseling and mentoring to help individuals manage money and credit and raise credit scores, as well as provide resources on small business startup and development.
NEWS: DRA funding delivers drinking water to 475 Louisiana residents in time for holidays
Authority takes immediate action to approve $27,000 request
ROBELINE-MARTHAVILLE, LA. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today contributed $27,000 of emergency funding to provide reliable drinking water to 475 residents on the Robeline-Marthaville Water System Inc. in Natchitoches Parish. DRA’s investment will be matched by $5,000 in local funds to replace a 30-year-old water tank. This week, DRA also contributed nearly $600,000 to help deliver drinking water to St. Joseph, La.
Today, representatives from the Office of Governor John Bel Edwards were on the ground in Robeline, taking part in the meeting of local, parish, state, and DRA officials where the short-term solution was finalized.
The Robeline-Marthaville Water System experienced a “catastrophic failure of its main pressure water tank,” the Water System said in its application for DRA funding. Buying a new pump will return reliable potable water to customers, including the 370-student Marthaville Elementary and Junior High School.
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority and Winrock International launch investment fund for Delta startups
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – Delta-based startups and entrepreneurs will have access to a first-of-its-kind, multi-million dollar investment fund focusing on helping them compete on a global scale, the leaders of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and Winrock International (Winrock) announced today.
The Delta I-Fund, which includes an initial $1 million investment from IBERIABANK as well as another $1 million from the DRA, will target local entrepreneurs across the eight-state Delta region and provide key training, mentoring, and capital investment to help them build their businesses.
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests more than $4 million to strengthen Illinois’ economy
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – The Delta Regional Authority, together with its federal and locally-based partners, today announced more than $4 million in new investments aimed at strengthening Illinois' infrastructure, workforce, and economy.
Specifically, DRA will invest more than $800,000 in supporting southern Illinois' entrepreneurial ecosystem, upgrading and repairing road and water infrastructure in Hardin County and Evansville, as well as purchasing equipment to train local workers on engine systems.
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $350,000 into creating Greater Memphis manufacturing jobs
MEMPHIS, TN – Workers and businesses across the greater Memphis area will receive a major investment into the creation of good-paying manufacturing jobs – to the tune of more than $350,000 – Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced today.
The DRA, together with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, will specifically invest $155,000 to accelerate the expansion of the Metro Memphis Export Alliance, an organization focused on driving exports and supporting and attracting new manufacturing jobs. The project will receive additional funding from state, local, and private sources.
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority leverages over $4 million in Alabama investments
MONTGOMERY, AL – The Delta Regional Authority, together with its federal and locally-based partners, today announced more than $4 million in new investments aimed at strengthening Alabama's infrastructure, workforce, and economy.
Specifically, the new investments, including more than $1 million in direct DRA resources, will help create a new entrepreneurial support center in Dallas County and improve the roads and water infrastructure in Hurtsboro, Moldwood, and Fulton, as well as support tourism around Selma's role in the Civil Rights movement.
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $13 million to strengthen Kentucky’s economy
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – The Delta Regional Authority, together with its federal and local-based partners, today announced $13 million in new investments aimed at strengthening Kentucky's infrastructure, workforce, and economy.
Specifically, DRA resources will invest in rehabbing a Henderson riverport crane, strengthening water infrastructure in Cadiz and Paducah, as well as expanding the Merryman House's facilities and services.