Delta Regional Authority
May 21, 2018  
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Delta News Round-up

In this Issue: National Infrastructure Week 2018 | Delta Leadership Institute Launches Application for 2018-2019 | CenturyLink Water Improvement Project | Chemring Group to Expand Kilgore Flares Facility in Toone

National Infrastructure Week 2018

The Delta Regional Authority is celebrating National Infrastructure Week, joining hundreds of organizations and thousands of leaders to highlight the state of our nation’s infrastructure – including roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, and more. DRA’s main investment priority is to help build our region’s infrastructure to spur economic growth and help create jobs in the Delta.

On Thursday, Chairman Chris Caldwell participated in a panel discussion focused on building a regional strategy for success, Chairman Caldwell emphasized the importance of infrastructure investments as the foundation of economic development for our region and our nation.

DRA, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, the American Society of Civil Engineers and The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted an event Tuesday to focus on pre-disaster mitigation funding. Our efforts were to identify infrastructure projects that help our communities withstand future natural disasters. Our goal is to help make smart investments now that ensure business continues as usual or gets back to work sooner after a catastrophe. New funding opportunities available through FEMA in support of this.

Delta Leadership Institute now accepting applications for 2018-2019 Executive Academy

This week, DRA opened its application cycle for the 2018-2019 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy. Since 2005, the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) has trained a diverse group of community leaders dedicated to improving their communities.

DLI was created to support and educate leaders committed to helping create jobs, build their communities and improve the lives of their neighbors. DLI provides professional leadership and policy training on issues that advance the economic and workforce competitiveness of Delta communities.

DLI fellows attend seven sessions over 10 months, traveling to communities in each of DRA’s eight states. Fellows explore existing programs and community models in the Delta, including discussions that enhance community engagement. Field experiences focus on improving the region, with an emphasis on economic development, infrastructure, workforce training and education, entrepreneurship and public health.

Delta residents interested in the 2018-2019 Executive Academy can apply through July 16 at

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Investment in North Louisiana supports jobs, industry expansion

The City of Monroe and Southern Lifestyle Development are jointly funding a $1.7 million water improvement and expansion project that will provide added capacity for growth in north Monroe at Century Village. The project will improve potable water service and fire protection to the CenturyLink corporate headquarters and surrounding residential developments. 

Plant expansion in Tennessee

Federal Co-Chairman Peter Kinder joined Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam along with local and state economic development officials to announce an expansion at the Kilgore Flares facility in Toone. Kilgore Flares designs and produces flares used in aerospace and defense countermeasures. DRA is investing $750,000 in the project, which meets our strategic goal of strengthening transportation infrastructure to support the growth of key industries in rural areas. The expansion is projected to create 100 jobs. The company has been an important part of Hardeman County’s economy, providing hundreds of quality jobs. This investment will not only help bring in new jobs with expansion but will also provide for future growth and capacity.

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$500,000 Investment to Help Create 50 New Jobs, Retain More Than 400

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced that DRA will invest $500,000 in infrastructure enhancements that will create 50 news jobs and retain more than 400 permanent jobs at one of Marion, Illinois’ largest businesses.  The announcement highlights national Infrastructure Week in the Mississippi River Delta region.

DRA is contributing $250,000 through its States’ Economic Development Assistance Program and another $250,000 through its Community Infrastructure Fund. Both programs spur infrastructure improvements, help develop the Delta’s workforce and local businesses, and enhance regional economic opportunities. The investment highlights the Delta Regional Authority’s ability to focus on core strategic investments in infrastructure that help create and retain jobs that are important to rural economies.

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Upcoming Events:

May 15, 2018 - July 16, 2018
DLI Application Cycle Open
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May 28, 2018 - June 4, 2018
Innovative Readiness Training Medical Mission | Monroeville and Thomasville, AL
June 5, 2018 - June 7, 2018
Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy | Jonesboro, AR
June 18, 2018 - June 28, 2018
Innovative Readiness Training Medical Mission | Harrisburg, IL
June 29, 2018
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