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July 11, 2019  
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DRA Accepting Applications for the Delta Leadership Institute – Due July 16th | DRA Invites Proposals to Support Industry-led Workforce Training in the Delta Region | Job Opportunity – Communications Director | Delta Doctors Program Strengthens Healthcare Access in Rural Areas

DRA Accepting Applications for the Delta Leadership Institute – Due July 16th

Since 2005, the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) has trained a diverse group of leaders dedicated to improving their communities through the Executive Academy.

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 sessions for 10 months, traveling to communities in DRA’s eight state-region. 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 2019-2020 Executive Academy can apply through July 16 at

Questions? Visit the DLI FAQ for more information.

DRA Invites Proposals to Support Industry-led Workforce Training in the Delta Region

DRA has made available up to $1.5 million in grants for eligible entities through the Delta Workforce Grant Program. The program is designed to designed to align workforce and economic development strategies, enhance job training and re-employment opportunities, create sustainable talent pipelines, and support workforce productivity through investments in innovative programming and technology.

All projects must target workforce training and education for individuals residing in the Delta region and include at least one industry partner seeking to hire more skilled workers in a high-demand sector to be considered eligible. Investments will focus on four key priorities: supporting industry-led workforce training, building collaborative talent pipelines, developing or enhancing industry clusters, and accelerating regional economic development.

To complement the grant program, DRA is also offering post-award technical assistance to grantees to ensure projects are effectively and sustainably implemented.

To submit a notice of intent to apply and to apply for a grant, visit the Delta Workforce Grant Program portal at   

Additional information about the Delta Workforce Program, including important dates and resources, is available at  

Job Opportunity – Communications Director

DRA seeks a Communications Director to develop and manage the strategy and implementation of all communications and public outreach on behalf of the agency, including press releases, stakeholder communications, website, social media, and marketing efforts.

Learn more at

Delta Doctors Program Strengthens Healthcare Access in Rural Areas

Delta Doctors, a program of the Delta Regional Authority, was created to increase access to quality healthcare in the Mississippi River Delta region. Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Delta Doctors facilitates the placement of nondomestic physicians – who are trained in the United States – to work in health professional shortage areas (HPSA) or medically underserved areas (MUA) for a minimum of three years under the J-1 visa waiver program.

Traditionally, medical school graduates from other countries are required to return to their home countries for at least two years after they complete their education; however, the J-1 visa waiver obtained through the Delta Doctors program allows graduates to stay in the United States if they spend at least three years in a federally-recognized HPSA or MUA in the DRA footprint. According to program guidelines, these physicians must provide primary care in their respective fields for at least 160 hours per month and commit to serve indigent individuals, Medicaid recipients, and Medicare recipients. The program also accepts waiver requests for medical specialists.

Learn more about the program and application process at

For more information about the Delta Doctors program, such as questions about the application process, contact Christina Wade at or (662) 302-7339.

Upcoming Events:

July 29, 2020
2020 WORC Grant Application Closes
July 16, 2019
DLI Application Cycle Closes
August 30, 2019
Delta Workforce Grant Cycle Closes
September 17, 2019 - September 19, 2019
Rural RISE Summit

Click Here To Submit An Event

DRA Newsroom:

Delta Regional Authority

236 Sharkey Avenue - Suite 400
Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 624-8600 | DRA.GOV

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