October 20, 2017 Entire Region Louisiana Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $3.3M to strengthen Louisiana’s economy, infrastructure

22 projects attract $9.5 million in total investments

BATON ROUGE, LA. – The Delta Regional Authority and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $3.3 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Louisiana’s infrastructure, workforce and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring a total of $9.5 million in new investments to Louisiana.

“The Delta Regional Authority continues to be a strong and committed partner in moving Louisiana forward,” said Gov. Edwards. “We are very fortunate to be among the select group of states that received this award, which when combined with other public-private partnerships has already more than doubled its impact. This is tremendous, and I want to thank the DRA for investing in projects that will enable our people and our communities to have safe drinking water, expand health care options, and provide access to workforce training and development programs that will ultimately enhance the lives of so many.”   

Seventeen of the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other investments were through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). 

Louisiana is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.


October 11, 2017 Entire Region Alabama Arkansas Illinois Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi Missouri Tennessee Press Release

NEWS: DRA invests $309,000 to strengthen local economies through arts and culture

Creative placemaking initiative provides seed investments for 16 projects

MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with leading national arts and government organizations, today announced it will invest $309,000 in the Delta’s arts and cultural sectors to stimulate economic and community development efforts across the Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt. These investments will enhance the quality of place of Delta communities and improve quality of life for the 10 million people residing in the eight-state region.

DRA is providing seed investments for 16 projects, alongside public and private sector partners bringing nearly $1.6 million in total investment to the eight states. 

Since February, DRA has partnered with leading national arts and government organizations to ensure the success and long-term sustainability of its creative placemaking initiative by providing Delta communities with access to subject matter experts and additional resources. Partners include: The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), Art of the Rural, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National Association of Development Organizations, McClure Engineering Company, Springboard for the Arts, ArtPlace America, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Tennessee Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $2.9M to strengthen Tennessee’s economy, infrastructure

9 projects attract $125 million in total investments

NASHVILLE, TN. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $2.9 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Tennessee’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring a total of $125 million in new investments to Tennessee.

“We are happy to announce that Tennessee will be receiving $2.9 million in new DRA investments,” Tennessee Economic Development Council Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer Ted Townsend said. “DRA’s investments will help support 9 projects that will strengthen our state’s infrastructure, grow our economy and make Tennessee a better place to live and work. I want to thank DRA for its continued support for Tennessee and look forward to our future partnership.”

Seven of the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other two projects are supported through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).  

Tennessee is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Missouri Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $2.4M to strengthen SE Missouri’s economy, infrastructure

6 projects attract $8 million in total investments

MISSOURI BOOTHEEL – The Delta Regional Authority and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $2.4 million in new investments to strengthen Missouri’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA partnerships will support public and private investments and bring a total of $8 million in new investments to support economic development and growth in southeastern Missouri.

“Southeast Missouri benefits from the Delta Regional Authority’s ability to deliver economic development and infrastructure investments that provide substantial improvements for rural residents and communities,” Gov. Greitens said. “DRA, along with its partners, will help bring an additional $8 million of investments into our state to improve the lives of rural residents and help deliver workforce training and jobs to underserved communities.”  

Five of the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other investment was through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

Missouri is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Mississippi Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $4.4M to strengthen Mississippi’s economy, infrastructure

16 projects attract $24.3 million in total investments

JACKSON, MS. – The Delta Regional Authority and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $4.4 million in DRA investments to strengthen Mississippi’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring a total of $24.3 million in new investments to Mississippi.

"These projects will address vital needs in our Delta communities,” said Gov. Bryant. “They will upgrade infrastructure, improve quality of life and promote economic development. I am grateful to Sen. Cochran, Sen. Wicker and the Delta Regional Authority for making them a reality."

Nine of the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other investments were through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). 

Mississippi is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Kentucky Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $1.7 million to strengthen Kentucky’s economy, infrastructure

6 projects attract $5.6 million in total investments

FRANKFORT, KY. – The Delta Regional Authority and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $1.7 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Kentucky’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA partnerships will support public and private investments and bring a total of $5.6 million in new investments to Kentucky.

"Few things are more important to the health and vitality of a community than access to clean, safe water and improved infrastructure for further economic growth and development,” said Gov. Bevin. “The infrastructure we are developing in the delta region will be pivotal to fulfilling our goal of making Kentucky the undisputed center of engineering and manufacturing excellence in America. We are grateful for the DRA’s assistance as we make this region of Kentucky more attractive than ever before, and look forward to the fresh opportunities this partnership will create.”

The investments were made through the DRA States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency’s main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and workforce development. 

Kentucky is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million.


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Arkansas Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $2.8 million to strengthen Arkansas’s economy, infrastructure

9 projects attract $28.5 million in total investments

LITTLE ROCK, AR.  – The Delta Regional Authority and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $2.8 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Arkansas’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring a total of $28.5 million in new investments to Arkansas. 

“We appreciate DRA’s investments, which are important to the continued economic development of our state,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “These investments will make infrastructure improvements, support business expansion and help create new jobs across Arkansas.”

Eight of the investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. The other investment was made through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

Arkansas is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million. 


October 03, 2017 Entire Region Alabama Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority invests $1 million to strengthen Alabama’s economy, infrastructure

7 statewide investments reach $7.1 million with partner contributions

MONTGOMERY, AL. – The Delta Regional Authority and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, together with their federal and local-based partners, today announced $1 million in new DRA investments to strengthen Alabama’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy. DRA’s investments will support public and private partnerships and bring $7.1 million in new investment to Alabama.
 
“The Delta Regional Authority is an essential partner to Alabama in helping us meet the needs of the most rural parts of our state,” said Gov. Ivey, who also serves as the states’ co-chair of DRA. “By investing nearly $1 million in our state, DRA is helping rural communities strengthen their infrastructure, improve economic opportunities, and increase access to important cultural enhancements.” 

The investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects.

Alabama is one of eight states to receive DRA investments. The agency’s total investments in the Mississippi River Delta Region and Black Belt of Alabama will reach $20 million in 2017. With contributions from public and private partners, total investments will be $231.6 million. 


November 22, 2016 Entire Region Missouri Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Missouri Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Three entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected this week as winners of the Delta Entrepreneurship Network’s final Delta Challenge hosted by Codefi in Cape Girardeau's Marquette Tech District, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners become part of the DEN Fellowship and will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • Edible Education, Ann Butler, Cape Girardeau, MO
    Edible Education's Kitchen a la Cart, is the first, interactive mobile teaching kitchen for schools, hospitals, wellness centers, libraries and dietitians to use to teach hands on culinary lessons. 
  • My Veggie Chef, Mark Rigdon, Cape Girardeau, MO
    My Veggie Chef delivers and ships affordable, frozen, plant-based meal packages. Each weekly package consists of five meal kits of four servings each built around vegetables, grains, beans, and fruits.
  • CosmeticTech, Chris Carnell, Cape Girardeau, MO
    Auto CosmeticTech is an online platform connecting vehicle owners to mobile technician vendors that focus on cosmetic repairs like paintless dent repair, wheel refurbishing, small bumper repairs, vinyl restoration, and headlight restoration.
  • ALTERNATE - HABERDASHE, LLC, Smydge Perry, New Orleans, LA
    HABERDASHE is a brand and mobile platform for custom women's suiting by using 3-D body scanning, style algorithms, and virtual fitting rooms.

November 02, 2016 Entire Region Louisiana Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Louisiana Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

RUSTON, LA – Three entrepreneurs were selected this week as winners of the Delta Entrepreneurship Network’s Delta Challenge hosted by Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners become part of the DEN Fellowship and will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • BetaFlix, Sree Sanakam, Ruston, LA
    BetaFlix is an online job training program that will provide educators and employers with a unique animated video in a visual-interactive format, allowing visual learning and helping users clearly understand very intricate and detailed steps in processes and procedure, which can be utilized anywhere or anytime to effectively and affordably transform training in the trades.
  • Reflection Correction, Erin Maxson, Ruston, LA
    By using facial tracking technology to track the drivers face within a car, Reflection Correction offers a new car mirror system for both rear view and side view mirrors that will eliminate all blind spots without having the driver adjust the angles of their mirrors. 
  • Kalikoe Galaxy, Quentin Allen, Memphis, TN
    Kalikoe Galaxy is an online social networking and gaming platform where registered users will use crowd sourcing as a way to build social groups online that can provide consulting services to people on a variety of topics.

October 12, 2016 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Alabama Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

LIVINGSTON, AL – Three Alabama-based entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected last night as winners of the Delta Entrepreneur Network’s Delta Challenge hosted by the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners become part of the DEN Fellowship and will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • Entrelinc, Amelia Thomas: Entrelinc is a technology driven platform that matches and connects large businesses that are seeking to deepen their diversity spend by focusing on doing more business with small, locally-owned, minority and women-owned businesses in the communities in which they have locations.
  • Carol’s Artesian H2O Energy, Moses Weaver: Nature's Own Carol's Spring Water, LLC bottles pure, natural artesian mineral water at the source.
  • Think Ink, LLC, Carl Morgan: Think Ink is a zero-waste management program, which will prevent recyclable material and electronic waste from entering the municipal waste stream and landfill.
  • ALTERNATE - Bio Boom, Dr. Mustafa Morsy: Bio Boom has developed a biofertilizer that will increase production and improve drought tolerance.

October 03, 2016 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Mississippi Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

OXFORD, MS – Three Mississippi-based entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected today as winners of the third annual Delta Entrepreneurship Network fellowship, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • HigherLearning, LLC: Lee Ingram, Oxford, MS
    HigherLearning offers high-quality, affordable tutoring services for struggling students by pairing them with well-performing students on campus.
  • On The Wall, Inc.: Pontus Andersson, Oxford, MS
    On The Wall is creating the world’s first smart-mirror operating system. Their aim is to make displaying information on a mirror as easy, or as advanced, as using a smartphone.
  • Bootsie's Delta Funk BBQ: Pete Grumbles, Pope, MS
    Bootsie's Delta Funk BBQ offers several small-batch and craft bbq sauces and spices, as well as catering of slow-smoked products. 
  • ALTERNATE - Interactive Languages: Thomas Matlock, Oxford, MS
    Interactive Languages is a situation and tasked-based virtual world that provides those wishing to learn Spanish with an immersive experience that will provide more sensory cues for memory when the time comes to travel.

September 29, 2016 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Tennessee Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

JACKSON, TN – Three West Tennessee-based entrepreneurs entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected last night as winners of the third annual Delta Entrepreneurship Network fellowship, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners will receive intensive technical assistance training, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week beginning on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows from the Tennessee pitch competition are:

  • Skycision: Brendan Carroll, Memphis, TN: Skycision provides a Software-as-a-Service solution to the global agriculture industry that enables farmers to detect crop stress earlier in the growing season, and enables growers to make yield enhancing and cost reducing decisions that positively impact their bottom line.
  • Somavac Medical Solutions, Inc.: Josh Herwig, Memphis, TN: SOMAVAC Medical is creating a wearable, ultra‐low profile, low power suction device for removal of post-surgical fluid. The device is easy to conceal and operate and has a disposable reservoir with graduations for measurements that can be easily attached or detached.
  • B‐G Innovative Safety Systems LLC: Marcus Boykin, Lexington, TN: B-G offers the patented and trademarked Lighting Bug Technology for the automotive industry. This technology is an easy-to-install plug-adaptable module to a vehicle's headlight. It monitors the headlights for failed conditions and provides an auxiliary light when the low beam fails by automatically depowering the high beam to work as both a high beam and low beam under the circumstances.
  • ALTERNATE - Xcellent Life: Victor Brown, Lexington, TN: The Xcellent Life Cloud Platform is a software platform powered by analytics and advanced artificial intelligence to empower wellness. The platform powers a mobile application with the ability to provide personalized insights to each individual about their health.

September 14, 2016 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Arkansas Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – Four Arkansas-based entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected last night as winners of the third annual Delta Entrepreneurship Network fellowship, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced. 

The winners will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows from the North Little Rock pitch competition are:

  • RaftUp, Corey Boelkens
    RaftUp is a social boating community accessible via the web, enabling people to develop connections on and off the water between friends, family, businesses, and public agencies.
  • Cocoa Belle Chocolates, Carmen Portillo
    Cocoa Belle Chocolates is launching a new line of chocolate bars and barks inspired by classic southern desserts; aimed to be sold at major retailers.
  • Polypatch, Nathan Bailey
    Polypatch is an easier, more cost-efficient patch to apply to polypipe irrigation systems, providing an innovative solution to a crucial tool in Delta agriculture.
  • Clinicpass, Tracy Simpson
    Clinicpass is a web based solution for pharmaceutical and/or device representative event/appointment scheduling and credentialing, allowing medical clinics & representatives to do what is really important . . . to help improve and extend peoples' lives.
  • ALTERNATE - My Color of Beauty, Eyona Mitchell
    My Color of Beauty is marketplace for diverse women to find information on how to use hair products, apply makeup and implement skin care routines with proven products.

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