NEWS: West Tennessee business wins Delta Showcase during Entrepreneur Week in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, LA. – SOMAVAC, a West Tennessee business that has created a wearable, post-surgical drainage device that supports patient recovery, has won the Delta Showcase at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). SOMAVAC co-founder Josh Herwig helped develop the innovative drainage system that restores patient mobility and dignity during the recovery process. The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) brought nearly 50 entrepreneurs and support organizations to NOEW to participate in one of the nation’s leading events to highlight startups and small businesses.
SOMAVAC is a cost-saving solution for hospitals and insurers to improve healthcare for patients. “This is an incredible opportunity to help build our business and give it the boost it needs to gain more publicity and attention,” Herwig said.
In addition to SOMAVAC, HABERDAShe of New Orleans founded by Smydge Perry won the “Crowd Favorite” award, which was given to the Delta business selected by the hundreds who attended the Delta Showcase event Tuesday evening. “This experience with the DRA has been a great opportunity to network with emerging entrepreneurial talent in the Delta region and I am grateful for this access to technical experience and mentorships,” Perry said.
Delta Regional Authority Chairman Masingill responds to budget proposal eliminating the Agency
CLARKSDALE, Miss. – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill issued a statement today responding to a proposal from the White House Office of Management and Budget to eliminate numerous independent federal agencies and commissions, including DRA, in the fiscal year 2018 federal budget.
“You cannot advocate for infrastructure development and economic security in rural America without also supporting the mechanisms, such as DRA, that make those projects a reality. DRA has a dedicated team that will remain focused on the projects and programs that are building the Delta while we work through this long budget process.
“As Chairman of DRA, I will continue to fight for the residents and businesses of our region. The people and communities in the Delta will always be worth fighting for.”
NEWS: Governor Bentley Named States’ Co-Chair for Delta Regional Authority
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Governor Robert Bentley on Saturday was named the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) States’ Co-Chair while at the annual National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Governor Bentley was selected to serve as the States’ Co-Chair, by the governors that form the DRA, replacing Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. Governor Bentley will join Federal Co-Chair Chris Masingill in coordinating the work of the DRA.
NEWS: DRA, partners provide funding to support 115 jobs along Arkansas, Louisiana border
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – The Delta Regional Authority, through a program partnership with the Economic Development Administration (EDA), today announced $235,000 in new investments that creates a bi-state coordinating council to support 115 jobs in the Arkansas-Louisiana Multimodal Economic Corridor (ArkLaMEC) initiative. The council also will work to add new jobs to the area.
The project has been ongoing for three years and has added 115 jobs in the area. Arkansas counties include Chicot, Desha, Drew, Bradley and Ashley. Louisiana parishes are East Carroll, Madison, West Carroll and Richland. The investment also will be used to enhance Mississippi River port operations in Lake Providence, La., and the Madison Parish Port; the Yellow Bend Port on the Arkansas River; and the Port of Crossett on the Ouachita River. Improvements also will be made to U.S. 65, which connects the region north to Little Rock and to Interstate 20 – which connects to the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex region to the west and Atlanta to the east.
NEWS: DRA contributes $111,000 to fully fund Greater Egypt marketing efforts in Illinois
MARION, IL. – The Delta Regional Authority, through a program partnership with the Economic Development Administration (EDA), today announced a $111,111 contribution to help the Greater Egypt Cluster Development Plan with its marketing strategy.
The money will be used to develop a regional marketing strategy and materials to help attract businesses, jobs, and consumers. The marketing plan will focus on the manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and healthcare sectors.
NEWS: 200 new jobs to be created in Alabama with funding support from the Delta Regional Authority
MONTGOMERY, AL. – The Delta Regional Authority, through a program partnership with the Economic Development Administration (EDA), today announced $26 million in new investments that will add 200 new jobs in Tuskegee, Frisco City and the City of Atmore.
DRA partnership resources will allow for road improvements in Tuskegee, rehabilitate an industrial park in the Town of Frisco City, and develop the Rivercane Industrial Park to aid in recruiting Brown Precision to Atmore.
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.