NEWS: Delta Regional Authority, partners invest to support development of Tensas Parish Airport

January 11, 2018

Economic Development Administration provides funding support

TENSAS PARISH, LA. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), through a program partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), today announced a $188,625 investment to provide a new fuel farm for the Tensas Parish Airport. DRA is investing $170,000 in the project, with the remainder coming from the parish police jury.

“This project will not only provide the needed infrastructure for existing and incoming businesses, but it will also provide much needed sales tax income for the parish,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “This project is a win for the people, the Tensas Parish Police Jury, Tensas Airport Authority, and the Tensas Parish Port. Thanks to EDA and the DRA for funding this project in this economically underserved Delta in Louisiana.”

DRA’s investment will facilitate completion of the new fuel farm and allow for full-time aviation fuel service for existing airport operations. The investment will expand community capacity and magnify the economic development potential for retaining existing jobs and creating new jobs in Tensas Parish.

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

“A fuel tank farm at the Tensas Parish Airport will help support the local economy by making it easier to fly in and out of Tensas Parish,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy.

“As a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittees that oversee the Delta Regional Authority and the Economic Development Administration, I am pleased by both of these organizations’ commitment to upgrading and maintaining the Tensas Parish Airport,” said Sen. John Kennedy. “These organizations need to have the best tools available to help the people of Louisiana. These upgrades will create jobs and improve commerce in Tensas Parish, resulting in a positive, lasting impact on this region’s economy.”

“The DRA understands – as do I – the vital impact that rural aviation has on the economic well-being of Louisiana. Our farmers depend on it greatly,” said Dr. Ralph Abraham. “Our small cities and towns use the income from rural aviation to enhance their communities and infrastructure. Plus, what a great message it sends to visitors to our state that they can fly to and land in Tensas Parish, spend time with friends and family, and refuel right at the airport for the trip home. I appreciate the DRA for funding this project and investing in Louisiana.”

The investment will support land purchase, site development and installation of two 5,000 gallon double-wall fuel tanks with dispensers, installation of a card reader and area lighting for security and safety. The new fuel farm will support further development of the Tensas Parish Port on the Mississippi River.

“We appreciate EDA’s willingness to continue investing in the Delta region,” said Peter Kinder, alternate federal co-chairman of DRA. “This investment in Tensas Parish aligns with DRA’s goal of increasing community capacity in rural areas.”

 

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