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June 29, 2018  
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Delta News Round-up

Funding Improves Infrastructure, Economic Opportunities | DLI Accepting Applications for 2018-2019 Executive Academy | Rage Fabrications Grand Opening | Advanced Manufacturing Training Center Opens at South Arkansas Community College | DRA Supports Federal Agency Battling Nationwide Opioid Crisis

Funding Improves Infrastructure, Economic Opportunities

Delta communities interested in improving infrastructure and enhancing economic development opportunities can apply for funding through the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which is DRA’s primary funding mechanism to emphasize job creation, regional collaboration and improve key infrastructure.

In 2017, DRA invested more than $21 million in 87 projects across its eight-state region. Additional public and private investments reached nearly $217 million and helped create and retain more than 4,700 jobs, train more than 13,000 workers and provide sewer and water improvements to more than 113,000 families.

Key investments included providing new water lines to serve Williams Sausage, a frozen-foods facility in Union City, TN. Williams Sausage created 226 new, full-time jobs. DRA also invested in a lineman training program at Madisonville (KY.) Community College to serve current and future employment needs of utility companies and contractors in the Delta region. In Louisiana, DRA invested more than $260,000 to help the City of New Orleans upgrade its fiber network infrastructure to connect data centers across the area.

Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy Accepting Applications Through July 16

There’s still time to apply for the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy class of 2018-2019. The class will include 40 fellows dedicated to improving their communities. We’re looking for public servants from the private, non-profit and public sectors to grow into strong leaders ready to serve the Delta.

DLI does not just teach its fellows what is working; it shows them. The Executive Academy takes fellows to communities in each of DRA’s eight states to experience and learn from the leaders and communities building new models of development that are succeeding. The 2018-2019 class will first meet in Memphis the week of Oct. 29. Sessions include visits to Vicksburg, MS, New Orleans, the Alabama Black Belt, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Carbondale, IL. Graduation is scheduled for August 2019 at Lake Barkley, KY.

Click here to learn more and submit an application. Applications are due July 16, 2018, and must include a professional headshot, short biography, resume, and three letters of recommendation (two from elected officials and one from a non-elected community leader). Get your application started today!

Rage Fabrications Celebrates Grand Opening

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell joined communities leaders in Trumann, AR., to celebrate the expansion of Rage Fabrications. The company is a third-generation, family-owned business that is expanding operations and creating new jobs.

DRA invested $225,000, in partnership with other public-private investors, in a business that is reaching global economies through its e-commerce and marketing efforts. DRA’s investment allows for infrastructure improvements to enhance expansion of the manufacturing business.

Rage Fabrications receives orders from around the world for the parts and supplies it provides for all-terrain vehicles. The company uses the latest in computer-aided technology to design and manufacture products that can be purchased by anyone, anywhere.

Infrastructure improvements will enhance the company’s expansion efforts, which include creating 10 news jobs with projections that 20 total new jobs could be created within five years.

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Advanced Manufacturing Training Center to Promote Workforce Education

South Arkansas Community College (SouthArk) has opened the Charles A. Hays Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC). Thank you to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other dignitaries for joining us to launch this important economic- development initiative.

AMTC will align vocational and educational certification programs with local, regional and statewide efforts. SouthArk is creating an industry-driven economic development approach that will advance the productivity and economic competitiveness of the Delta workforce.

DRA invested $200,000 in the workforce training and education initiative through its States’ Economic Development Assistance Program. The initiative is being supported by the chemical, petrochemical, wood products and packaging industries. The industries are donating equipment, and providing funding and their knowledge and expertise to train and educate workers. About 300 incumbent employees are expected to be trained over the next year.

Workforce education and training is vital to DRA’s efforts to enhance economic development across the Delta region. AMTC is a great example of what we can accomplish when local, regional and national partners collaborate to grow economies, and work together to retain and create new jobs in the Delta.

DRA Supports Federal Agency Battling Opioid Crisis

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a key DRA partner, is playing an important role in combatting our nation’s opioid crisis.

The office has issued a Rural Community Opioid Response Planning Grant Program to fund approximately 75 high-risk rural communities at up to $200,000 per award. These funds will support a range of activities to help rural communities develop plans and strategies to address the rural opioid epidemic in their communities. Successful awardees will partner with at least three other separately-owned entities and develop plans to implement substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions.

This program is part of a multi-year, $130 million opioid-focused effort by HRSA.

Read HRSA's Press Release

Upcoming Events:

June 29, 2018
SEDAP/CIF Application Deadline

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July 16, 2018
DLI 2018-19 Executive Academy application deadline

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