NEWS: Delta Regional Authority leverages over $4 million in Alabama investments

December 06, 2016

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority, State, and local partners leverage more than $4 million in new investments into Alabama's workforce, infrastructure, and economy

Chairman Masingill: "These investments will help guide – and strengthen – the revival of the economy across rural Alabama"

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Delta Regional Authority, together with its federal and locally-based partners, today announced more than $4 million in new investments aimed at strengthening Alabama's infrastructure, workforce, and economy.

Specifically, the new investments, including more than $1 million in direct DRA resources, will help create a new entrepreneurial support center in Dallas County and improve the roads and water infrastructure in Hurtsboro, Moldwood, and Fulton, as well as support tourism around Selma's role in the Civil Rights movement. 

"These strategic investments help us accomplish our core mission - create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of families across Alabama and the Delta region. Investing in critical infrastructure may not be glamorous to some, but it is essential in our region's effort to attract and keep global companies, skilled workers, and leading entrepreneurs," said DRA Chairman Masingill. "I'm proud to work with all of our partners to invest in the future of the Mississippi Delta region."

"We are proud to have the Delta Regional Authority as such a strong partner in our Black Belt Region. The DRA is supporting nine projects in Alabama with more than $1 million in grants. These grants will be used for a variety of projects that will improve infrastructure, promote economic development and provide basic services to many of our West Alabama counties," Governor Bentley said. "We look forward to a continued strong partnership with the DRA, for many years to come."

"The Delta Regional Authority's latest investment announcement is great news for efforts to spur economic growth throughout underserved areas of Alabama," said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. "DRA has played an integral role in the economic development of West Alabama, and I am pleased to support their critical work."

"I commend the Delta Regional Authority and Chairman Masingill for their continued investment in workforce development programs throughout Alabama," said U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne. "I'm specifically excited about their support for the Regional Workforce Training Center in Clarke County. I have had the opportunity to tour this project, and it will be a difference maker when it comes to training a skilled workforce and growing the local economy."

"As the representative for Alabama's 7th Congressional District, creating opportunities that produce quality jobs for the constituents of the district is my number one priority.  Throughout my time in office, Chairman Masingill and the Delta Regional Authority has been a stalwart ally in facilitating critical new investments in the Black Belt region, and I am tremendously grateful for this partnership," said U.S. Representative Terri A. Sewell. "Including more than one million dollars in direct DRA resources, these latest investments will not only strengthen Alabama's infrastructure and workforce development efforts, but will also expand tourism around Selma's role in the Civil Rights movement through the investment in the Selma Interpretive Center. These types of federal-state partnerships are key to the continued growth and development of our region."
 

DRA – ECONOMIC INVESTMENTS IN ALABAMA

1.      DALLAS COUNTY: Support Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center. DRA Investment: $100,000. Total Investment: $310,000. This project will recruit and develop entrepreneurial businesses that want to locate to the region.  The center will be a space where these businesses can develop into healthy companies in 2 - 3 years. The center anticipates launching 10 new companies within 3 years and creating 20 full time and part time jobs within that time frame.

2.      SELMA: Expand Selma Interpretive Center. DRA Investment: $100,000. Total Investment: $1,420,000. The City of Selma in conjunction with the National Park Service is working on the expansion of the Selma Interpretive Center, which focuses on educating individuals regarding the Civil Rights Movement.

3.      STATEWIDE: Drive Workforce Development Initiatives. DRA Investment: $73,696. Total Investment: $73,696. This project will align regional workforce development initiatives with a local employer's workforce training program to provide jobs to regional workers and improve workforce competitiveness. The initiative will provide soft and technical skills to workers as well as market the program regionally. Ultimately, the Aluminum Structural Welder Program will lead to 40 jobs at Austal.

4.      CLARKE COUNTY: Rehabilitate Regional Workforce Training Center. DRA Investment: $105,000. Total Investment: $537,125. The Clarke County School District will rehabilitate an existing armory for use as a Workforce Training Center. The center will train approximately 200 students annually.  

5.      FULTON: Improve Access to Industrial Area. DRA Investment: $94,191. Total Investment: $958,566. The Town of Fulton will use resources to cover industrial access engineering costs not covered by the state. The project will eliminate a major safety hazard. 

6.      MOLDWOOD: Replace Lift Station. DRA Investment: $232,008. Total Investment: $232,008. The replacement of the Moldwood lift station, which serves low-income residents in the City of York, will benefit approximately 100 citizens.  By replacing the existing sanitary sewer wet well/dry well lift station with a new duplex submersible lift station, the safety and health risks associated with the old design can be significantly reduced. 

7.      HURTSBORO: Improvements to Streets and Water Drainage. DRA Investment: $25,000. Total Investment: $331,000. Hurtsboro will improve five deteriorating streets, including one that is part of the truck route through town, reduce storm water inflow and infiltration of the sewer system, and mitigate flooding.

8.      CAMDEN: Upgrade Bridgeport Landing. DRA Investment: $200,000. Total Investment: $200,000. The City of Camden will upgrade the Bridgeport Landing Park, which is used for large fishing tournaments and support a thriving tourism industry.

9.      BUTLER COUNTY: Improvement to Two Roads. DRA Investment: $155,500. Total Investment: $331,429.The project will improve two substandard roads in Butler County, including fixing overlying patches, potholes, cracks, and depressions.       

DRA leadership works closely with the Governor of each state and his board designee to identify projects to receive economic development investments, all of which are aligned with state development goals.  
 

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. To date, the DRA's SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged $138 million in federal resources into more than $2.9 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, and infrastructure development projects. These investments have helped create or retain more than 26,000 jobs since the DRA was established. Learn more at dra.gov.

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Media Contact: John Collins
press@dra.gov