NEWS: DRA Offers Funding to Strengthen Local Economies through Arts and Culture
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with leading national arts and government organizations, today announced the Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative to strengthen the Delta economy and improve the quality of life for the region’s 10 million residents. DRA will contribute nearly $460,000 to stimulate economic and community development efforts in local communities through the Delta’s arts and culture sectors.
Partners included in the effort are: ArtPlace America, the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), the National Association of Counties, the National Association of Development Organizations, Springboard for the Arts, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, among others.
DRA Remains Committed to Developing Infrastructure in the Delta
Infrastructure development was a core purpose for the Delta Regional Authority’s creation in 2000, and today it remains at the forefront of DRA investments. Strengthening modern infrastructure is a key strategic goal that promotes investments in the roads, rails, ports, water and sewer systems and other capacities that support the success of our local communities and businesses.
National Infrastructure Week provides a great opportunity to assess the needs of the Delta region and plan for the investments and improvements that will nurture economic development and attract businesses to our region.
Delta Leadership Institute Opens Application Cycle for 2017-2018 Executive Academy
CLARKSDALE, Miss. — The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today opened its application cycle for the 2017-2018 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy. Since 2005, the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) has selected a diverse group of community leaders across the Delta who are dedicated to improving their communities.
The application for the 2017-2018 Executive Academy is available now online and will be accepted until July 14, 2017. Interested applicants can learn more about the program and begin the application at dra.gov/leadership.
DRA developed the Institute in 2005 to continually develop Delta leaders committed to helping create jobs, build their local communities and improve the lives of residents. DLI provides professional leadership and policy training on issues that advance the growth and development of Delta communities. Participants explore strategies that help communities and economies grow, and are exposed to a network with opportunities to share best practices, collaborate and exchange information with each other.
The Delta Regional Authority Releases Updated Version of Today’s Delta
As National Economic Development Week comes to a close, the Delta Regional Authority is releasing an updated version of Today’s Delta, an essential tool to help our region compete for jobs, investments, and economic opportunities. Today’s Delta provides detailed data that helps community leaders, elected officials and economic developers make strategic decisions, compete for resources that enhance community capacity, and improve workforce competitiveness.
As a complement to Today’s Delta, you can now find detailed project information on our website. DRA is providing an interactive, searchable mapping tool that showcases all DRA projects awarded between 2002-2016 and provides information on project type, location, and investment levels. The mapping tool is another step for our agency to be fully transparent about our investment of federal dollars and their return on investment for the Delta region.
Today’s Delta and our mapping tool give community leaders and economic developers the comprehensive information they need to grow local economies and make Delta communities great places to live and work.
NEWS: Alabama Governor Ivey Named States’ Co-Chair for Delta Regional Authority
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has been named the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) States’ Co-Chair to lead coordination of the DRA’s work on behalf of 10 million Delta residents.
Gov. Ivey grew up in the small town of Camden in Wilcox County and working on her father’s farm taught her the value of hard work, and the importance of living within one’s means. Her parents instilled values of faith, family, and community.
DRA serves eight states and 252 counties and parishes including 20 counties in Alabama. The Alabama counties in the DRA include: Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Russell, Sumter, Washington, and Wilcox.
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.