Delta Regional Authority provides $23,000 in emergency funds to help restore Higginson after tornado
HIGGINSON, AR. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has provided $23,625 in emergency funding to cover the city of Higginson’s losses after a Feb. 28 tornado that hit the city. One uninsured building at the city’s sewer plant was destroyed along with a sewer pump and other facilities.
“The Delta Regional Authority continues to show dedication to improving the quality of life in the Arkansas Delta,” said Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “I am pleased that the DRA has stepped up to the plate to repair the critical infrastructure in Higginson, Arkansas, that was damaged by February’s storm. The DRA’s continuous investments are crucial to the success of Higginson and the Delta region. Our state is proud to have such a dedicated partner.”
Repairs will be made to the sewer facility, post and electrical panels, a new security fence and trash pump. Costs associated with storm debris removal and disposal are also included in the DRA investment.
DRA provides $42,000 in emergency funds to restore gas service to Crossville after tornado
CROSSVILLE, IL. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has provided $42,000 in emergency funding to help the Village of Crossville restore gas service to more than 300 residents after a tornado ripped through the area.
“Last month I traveled to Crossville to meet with Illinoisans that were devastated by the tornado and to survey the damage it caused,” Governor Bruce Rauner said. “I can say with certainty that DRA’s emergency funding will substantially help this resilient community get back on its feet, and I thank the organization for its commitment to restoration efforts.”
The telemetry system at Crossville’s water tower also was destroyed and affected water service to 566 customers. DRA’s investment will allow the entire telemetry system to be replaced.
NEWS: 5 Delta entrepreneurs nominated for the Global Sourcing Council’s 2017 3S Awards
MISSISSIPPI DELTA REGION – Five Delta-based entrepreneurs have been nominated to participate in a global competition that rewards businesses devoted to global sustainability. The five businesses from the Delta join a group of 77 international nominees representing 22 countries. Four are fellows of DRA’s Delta Entrepreneurship Network and one is a fellow of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative.
Established in 2008, the Global Sourcing Council’s 2017 3S Awards recognizes small and medium enterprises that have demonstrated exceptional social and economic leadership in innovating and implementing Sustainable and Socially responsible Sourcing (3S) practices.
Winners will be recognized May 17 at an awards presentation at the United Nations headquarters and will feature Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej. Five awards will be given in the categories: Social Impact through Technology Innovation, Basic Needs, Empowerment, Climate Change, and People’s Choice.
The Delta Regional Authority releases the 2016 Year in Review and Annual Report
As Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority, I am proud to present our 2016 Year in Review, which also serves as our Annual Report to Congress. Initially introduced in February 2017 at our Board of Governors Quorum meeting in Washington, D.C., we are also presenting our Year in Review video corresponding with the print publication to highlight the many accomplishments of the Agency and its partners in 2016.
At DRA, we work with the highest standards of public accountability and operational excellence. Our team takes great pride in being good stewards of taxpayer dollars and remains dedicated to providing Delta stakeholders with a positive return on investment.
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 Showcase features 50 entrepreneurs, support organizations to pitch businesses
NEW ORLEANS, LA. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is bringing more than a dozen entrepreneurs from across the Delta region to participate in New Orleans Entrepreneur Week where they will have opportunities to attract additional capital and technical expertise to help grow their businesses and organizations. In addition, DRA is bringing several entrepreneurial support organizations and six student entrepreneurs from Historically Black Colleges and Universities here for the week.
“These individual and organizations will gain unprecedented access to business development programming, financial and technical expertise during entrepreneurial week,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said.
Entrepreneurs will be featured March 21 in the Three Keys room at the Ace Hotel. Each entrepreneur will pitch their business to a panel of independent judges who are experts in providing the guidance and investment opportunities that startups and new businesses need to grow. The pitch competition will be streamed live on DRA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/delta.regional.authority
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.