NEWS: Delta Regional Authority, partners invest more than $135,000 to improve sewer system in Gordo

January 05, 2018

Economic Development Administration provides funding support  

GORDO, AL.  – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), through a program partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), today announced it will invest more than $135,000 to enhance wastewater treatment in Gordo. Along with a contribution from the town, the total investment will reach nearly $161,000.

“Basic, reliable infrastructure like wastewater treatment is critical not only for the health and safety of residents but also to help a town move forward economically,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “I greatly appreciate the Delta Regional Authority and Economic Development Administration for helping Gordo complete this important project which will improve quality of life for the town’s residents and businesses.”

DRA is investing $136,695 and the Town of Gordo will contribute $24,122 to increase efficiency of the town’s entire sewer system.  The system has been experiencing discharge problems and a complete upgrade is needed to prevent a failure that would disrupt businesses and degrade the quality of life for 1,750 local residents.

Alabama’s congressional delegation released the following statements in support of the initiative:

“Advancing Alabama’s infrastructure is key to increasing economic activity in the state,” said Sen. Richard Shelby. “The Delta Regional Authority award will allow Gordo to repair and improve the town’s wastewater infrastructure system. This strategic investment is great news for the community and will benefit the region.”

“Every family deserves access to clean, safe, and reliable water infrastructure,” said U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell. “The Delta Regional Authority’s investment in Gordo puts that principle into action by bringing needed upgrades to the town’s sewer system. This project is going to have an immediate, positive impact for Gordo’s families and businesses. A huge thank you to the Delta Regional Authority, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and the Town of Gordo for working together to make this investment.”

Wastewater improvements are projected to have an immediate positive effect on the businesses and citizens of Gordo. 

“We appreciate EDA’s willingness to continue investing in the Delta region,” said Peter Kinder, alternate federal co-chairman of DRA. “This investment in Gordo highlights DRA’s core mission of investing in infrastructure improvements that expand community capacity and enhance the quality of life in rural areas.” 

In October, DRA and other public and private partners invested about $7.1 million in seven statewide projects across Alabama as part of the agency’s States’ Economic Development Assistance Program. Today’s announcement delivers additional investments through the DRA-EDA partnership.


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, DRA’s investments have exceeded $3.7 billion – including contributions from federal, state and local partners – and have supported infrastructure improvements, workforce development and training, and increased community capacity. These investments have helped create or retain more than 38,000 jobs, trained more than 8,400 workers for 21st Century jobs, and provided water and sewer service to more than 75,000 families since DRA was established. Learn more at dra.gov.

About the Economic Development Administration
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth. Learn more at eda.gov.

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