Louisiana, Alabama Communities Receive Funding Assistance from DRA, Federal Partners
Two rural communities in Alabama and Louisiana will each receive a $15,000 seed grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) through Healthy Places for Healthy People (HP2), a federal initiative that brings together community leaders and healthcare partners to create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods.
DoD, DRA to Host Medical Clinics to Promote Wellness in Alabama
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Delta Regional Authority (DRA) will hold two no-cost healthcare missions that will deliver medical, dental and optical care to residents across the region. The sessions will be held in Monroeville and Thomasville, Ala., from May 28-June 4. You do not have to be an area resident to receive treatment; anyone who attends will receive care on a first-come, first-served basis. Sessions will be held daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Delta Regional Authority Invests $500,000 in Marion to Help Create 50 New Jobs, Retain More Than 400
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced that DRA will invest $500,000 in infrastructure enhancements that will create 50 news jobs and retain more than 400 permanent jobs at one of this city’s largest businesses. The announcement highlights national Infrastructure Week in the Mississippi River Delta region.
DRA, USDA Invest Over $200,000 in Rural Mississippi to Support Economic Development
CLARKSDALE, Miss. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), through a program partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program, today announced it will invest more than $200,000 to support job-training efforts in several Mississippi Delta communities. The announcement highlights support for rural communities during National Economic Development Week.
NEWS: DRA Chairman Welcomes Sen. Hyde-Smith as First Woman to Represent Mississippi in Washington
CLARKSDALE, MS. – Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Caldwell today welcomed Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) as she took office to become the first woman to represent the state of Mississippi in Washington, D.C.
NEWS: DRA invests $500,000 in two projects to strengthen Arkansas’ economy, infrastructure
30 new jobs to be created in Cleveland, Lawrence counties
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Delta Regional Authority and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson today announced $500,000 in new DRA investments to strengthen Arkansas’s infrastructure, workforce and economy. DRA’s investments will help create nearly 30 new jobs and retain another 58 jobs in Cleveland and Lawrence counties.
“These investments align with DRA’s primary goal of investing in infrastructure that supports growth in Delta communities,” said Chris Caldwell, federal co-chairman of DRA. “DRA is committed to making a significant economic impact and delivering the greatest return in rural areas in Arkansas and across the region.”
“DRA’s investments are important to the continued economic growth of our state and make a real difference in rural areas like Cleveland and Lawrence counties,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “Improving water systems and rural roads are vital infrastructure investments that support local business expansion and job growth.”
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority opens application period to attract community investments
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is opening the 2018 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, and enhance regional economic opportunities.
Arkansas Governor Hutchinson named states’ co-chair to lead Delta Regional Authority
LITTLE ROCK, AR. – Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas has been named the State’s Co-Chair of the Delta Regional Authority’s Board of Governors. He took over leadership this past weekend from Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama and will serve alongside DRA federal co-chairman Chris Caldwell
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority, partners invest $409,000 to repair Brookport levee system
DRA, partners invest to repair Brookport levee
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), through a program partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), today announced a $409,000 investment to repair a deteriorating levee system in the City of Brookport and protect area residents, businesses and city operations that are exposed to potential disastrous flooding. DRA is investing $359,000 in the project, with the remainder coming from the city.
“This is a community that has been devastated by flooding in the past,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “Smart investments, like this one in Brookport’s physical infrastructure, will ensure that families, their homes and their children’s school are safe.”
The Brookport levee is in immediate need of repairs. The discharge pipe that runs under the levee is extremely deteriorated and in danger of collapsing, which would cause the levee to fail and expose the entire area to flooding from the Ohio River.
NEWS: Chris Caldwell sworn in as federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority
Caldwell ‘excited to hit the ground running’
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – Chris Caldwell today was sworn in as federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). He will assume his duties immediately as head of the agency, which partners with private and public entities to support economic development activities in eight states.
“I am excited to hit the ground running, as we partner with states and communities to provide the necessary resources to support the hardworking people of the Delta,” Caldwell said. “This is an incredible opportunity to work alongside the team at DRA to make the Delta region more competitive and create greater opportunities for economic development.”