Delta Regional Authority Invests $1.4 Million to Bolster Infrastructure in Six Louisiana Parishes

September 06, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced it will invest $1.4 million to enhance infrastructure in six Louisiana parishes that will improve life for more than 126,000 families and boost economic development opportunities. An additional $3 million will be invested by other partners.

“These projects underscore DRA’s commitment to making investments that increase opportunities to grow jobs and improve the lives of folks in the region,” said DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell. “Strengthening public infrastructure is a catalyst for sustainable economic growth in these six parishes.”

“The improvements that will be made possible by the investment for infrastructure enhancements will impact the lives of our citizens in very real ways,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-LA. “We are proud to partner with DRA and thankful for their commitment to helping our people build better communities for generations to come.”

Louisiana’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:

“Investing in local infrastructure strengthens our communities and improves the lives of Louisiana families,” said Dr. Bill Cassidy, R-LA. “I appreciate the Delta Regional Authority for working with us to fund these important projects.”

“Investments in our local infrastructure play a vital role in boosting and enhancing our local communities and economy,” said Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA.  “I am pleased that the Delta Regional Authority allocated these important funds to our communities in Louisiana.” 

“Bayou Lafourche is an important source of fresh drinking water for the communities, families and small businesses in all the parishes throughout the region. This investment in ensuring its continued flow of critical freshwater is important for the safety and prosperity of these important communities in Southeast Louisiana,” said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01).

“West Monroe is going to benefit from $1 million in federal funds that will allow the commercial park to continue to grow and create new jobs,” said Dr. Ralph Abraham (LA-05). “This is a huge infrastructure investment in the community, and I thank the DRA for its support of this project.”

“The DRA investment will help the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District to improve drinking water, Bayou Lafourche and our coastal environment,” said U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, (LA-06). “This quarter of a million dollars is an important complement to the tens of millions we are investing to improve the bayou from Donaldsonville to Thibodaux to Port Fourchon. A huge thanks to Chairman Caldwell for recognizing the importance of this project.”

DRA, through its Community Infrastructure Fund, is investing in three communities: Gramercy, Thibodaux and West Monroe. The parishes involved are Ascension, Assumption, Lafourche, Ouachita, St. James and Terrebonne.

Here are details on the investments:

  • The largest investment, $1 million, will be at the West Monroe Commercial Park to install pipes that will improve drainage and eliminate erosion. The park supports about a dozen businesses with more than 300 employees and one of the region’s top tourist attractions. There are four hotels on the property, with another on the way. The city also is marketing the property to attract additional business development. Another $500,000 is being invested on the local level.
  • In Thibodaux, DRA is investing $250,000 to build a new water control structure for Bayou Lafourche, which is the only fresh water source for 300,000 residents in Ascension, Assumption, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. The investment will protect and preserve drinking water for residents who rely on the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District, which has allocated $2.5 million for the construction project. 
  • DRA will invest $150,000 to rehabilitate the Dudley Pump Station in Gramercy, with the town contributing another $33,600. The lives of about 1,400 families will be improved with an updated pumping system and modern controls, which replace infrastructure that was originally built in the 1960s. Improvements will protect Gramercy’s water supply and prevent unsanitary sewer overflows.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. DRA has invested more than $185 million into more than 1,100 projects. Overall, DRA investments have helped create and retain more than 55,000 jobs, train nearly 45,000 workers to advance in the 21st Century, and deliver sewer and water improvements to more than 238,000 residents and businesses. Learn more at dra.gov.

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Contact: Andrew Moreau
202-744-3558
amoreau@dra.gov