October 11, 2017 Entire Region Alabama Arkansas Illinois Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi Missouri Tennessee Press Release

NEWS: DRA invests $309,000 to strengthen local economies through arts and culture

Creative placemaking initiative provides seed investments for 16 projects

MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with leading national arts and government organizations, today announced it will invest $309,000 in the Delta’s arts and cultural sectors to stimulate economic and community development efforts across the Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt. These investments will enhance the quality of place of Delta communities and improve quality of life for the 10 million people residing in the eight-state region.

DRA is providing seed investments for 16 projects, alongside public and private sector partners bringing nearly $1.6 million in total investment to the eight states. 

Since February, DRA has partnered with leading national arts and government organizations to ensure the success and long-term sustainability of its creative placemaking initiative by providing Delta communities with access to subject matter experts and additional resources. Partners include: The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), Art of the Rural, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National Association of Development Organizations, McClure Engineering Company, Springboard for the Arts, ArtPlace America, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Tennessee Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $2.9M to strengthen Tennessee’s economy, infrastructure

9 projects attract $125 million in total investments

NASHVILLE, TN. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $2.9 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Tennessee’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring a total of $125 million in new investments to Tennessee.

“We are happy to announce that Tennessee will be receiving $2.9 million in new DRA investments,” Tennessee Economic Development Council Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer Ted Townsend said. “DRA’s investments will help support 9 projects that will strengthen our state’s infrastructure, grow our economy and make Tennessee a better place to live and work. I want to thank DRA for its continued support for Tennessee and look forward to our future partnership.”

Seven of the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other two projects are supported through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).  

Tennessee is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Missouri Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $2.4M to strengthen SE Missouri’s economy, infrastructure

6 projects attract $8 million in total investments

MISSOURI BOOTHEEL – The Delta Regional Authority and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $2.4 million in new investments to strengthen Missouri’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA partnerships will support public and private investments and bring a total of $8 million in new investments to support economic development and growth in southeastern Missouri.

“Southeast Missouri benefits from the Delta Regional Authority’s ability to deliver economic development and infrastructure investments that provide substantial improvements for rural residents and communities,” Gov. Greitens said. “DRA, along with its partners, will help bring an additional $8 million of investments into our state to improve the lives of rural residents and help deliver workforce training and jobs to underserved communities.”  

Five of the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other investment was through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

Missouri is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Mississippi Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $4.4M to strengthen Mississippi’s economy, infrastructure

16 projects attract $24.3 million in total investments

JACKSON, MS. – The Delta Regional Authority and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $4.4 million in DRA investments to strengthen Mississippi’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring a total of $24.3 million in new investments to Mississippi.

"These projects will address vital needs in our Delta communities,” said Gov. Bryant. “They will upgrade infrastructure, improve quality of life and promote economic development. I am grateful to Sen. Cochran, Sen. Wicker and the Delta Regional Authority for making them a reality."

Nine of the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other investments were through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). 

Mississippi is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Kentucky Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $1.7 million to strengthen Kentucky’s economy, infrastructure

6 projects attract $5.6 million in total investments

FRANKFORT, KY. – The Delta Regional Authority and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $1.7 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Kentucky’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA partnerships will support public and private investments and bring a total of $5.6 million in new investments to Kentucky.

"Few things are more important to the health and vitality of a community than access to clean, safe water and improved infrastructure for further economic growth and development,” said Gov. Bevin. “The infrastructure we are developing in the delta region will be pivotal to fulfilling our goal of making Kentucky the undisputed center of engineering and manufacturing excellence in America. We are grateful for the DRA’s assistance as we make this region of Kentucky more attractive than ever before, and look forward to the fresh opportunities this partnership will create.”

The investments were made through the DRA States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency’s main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and workforce development. 

Kentucky is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Arkansas Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $2.8 million to strengthen Arkansas’s economy, infrastructure

9 projects attract $28.5 million in total investments

LITTLE ROCK, AR.  – The Delta Regional Authority and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $2.8 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Arkansas’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring a total of $28.5 million in new investments to Arkansas. 

“We appreciate DRA’s investments, which are important to the continued economic development of our state,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “These investments will make infrastructure improvements, support business expansion and help create new jobs across Arkansas.”

Eight of the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other investment was made through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

Arkansas is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million. 


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Alabama Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $1 million to strengthen Alabama’s economy, infrastructure

7 statewide investments reach $7.1 million with partner contributions

MONTGOMERY, AL. – The Delta Regional Authority and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $1 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Alabama’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring $7.1 million in new investment to Alabama.
 
“The Delta Regional Authority is an essential partner to Alabama in helping us meet the needs of the most rural parts of our state,” said Gov. Ivey, who also serves as the states’ co-chair of DRA. “By investing nearly $1 million in our state, DRA is helping rural communities strengthen their infrastructure, improve economic opportunities, and increase access to important cultural enhancements.” 

The investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects.

Alabama is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.