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DRA Celebrates United for Infrastructure Week 2021 | Delta Workforce Program Technical Assistance Workshops Announced | States’ Economic Development Assistance Program FY 2021 Application Closes June 6th | IRT Delta Wellness Mission 2021 Dates and Hours of Operation

DRA Celebrates United for Infrastructure Week

Today begins United for Infrastructure Week 2021, and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) joins partners across the country to highlight the importance of prioritizing infrastructure.  Since its creation, DRA has prioritized investing in transportation and basic public infrastructure to make Delta families safer and healthier and its communities more resilient and equitable.  Investing in infrastructure plays a crucial role in economic growth by creating jobs and supporting businesses.    

Follow DRA this week on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram as we highlight DRA investments and discuss how infrastructure plays a crucial role in economic development throughout the Delta.  We encourage you to share our messaging this week and help us #LeadWithInfrastructure.



Delta Workforce Program Technical Assistance Workshops Announced

DRA is hosting three pre-award technical assistance workshops to complement the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grant Program.  Potential applicants are encouraged to attend and learn more about creating a competitive proposal and lessons learned from previous grantees. 

Monday, May 24th (Oxford, MS):
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/153027877501

Tuesday, May 25th (Jonesboro, AR):
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/153052727829

Friday, June 11th (Monroe, LA):
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/153053121005

Space is limited to 50 attendees for each location.  Face masks, social distancing, and other CDC safety recommendations will be followed.

In addition, DRA will host a virtual webinar on Tuesday, June 8th:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kgO_Dv2HQFabp7IqkZQkTw?_x_zm_rtaid=BjUMoqdjRialUf2Yj_buvg.1620660438413.898f450685f76ac2eda3e967e0c0a7eb&_x_zm_rhtaid=531

In partnership with DRA and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Administration has made available approximately $29.2 million in a third round of grant funding for the WORC Initiative.  Grants ranging from $150,000 to $1.5 million will be awarded to create economic prosperity, gainful employment, and high-quality career outcomes for workers who reside in the Delta and Appalachia, enabling them to remain and thrive in these communities.

The technical assistance workshops are designed to complement this federal partnership.  Visit dra.gov/workforce for more information and resources.  Visit grants.gov for grant eligibility and how to apply.



States’ Economic Development Assistance Program FY 2021 Application Closes June 6th

In FY 2021, DRA has over $14.8 million available in the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), and only four weeks remain to apply for this funding opportunity. 

SEDAP is a competitive grant designed to support economic development activities across the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions.  State and local governments, public bodies, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for projects that operate in or are serving residents and communities within the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state DRA region. 

SEDAP funds must be invested in projects supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and/or business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.  Additionally, all SEDAP projects should be designed to support improved workforce competitiveness, strengthened infrastructure, and/or increased community capacity.

Eligible applicants should work with their Local Development District (LDD) to prepare and submit applications to the DRA.  The deadline to submit applications to LDDs is June 6, 2021, so visit funding.dra.gov to get started.

FY 2021 SEDAP Timeline

March 1st to June 6th

Deadline to submit applications to LDDs

 

June 20th

LDDs complete technical assistance work with applicants and submit final applications to DRA

 

July 11th

DRA staff work complete

 

August 1st

Designees have met with Governors

 

August 8th

Project determination calls are held

 

August 22nd

Certification letters received and projects votes closed

 


IRT Delta Wellness Mission 2021 Dates and Hours of Operation

DRA is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense to host the Delta Wellness Mission 2021 in Lake Village, AR, Lake Providence, LA, and Greenville, MS.

The Delta Wellness Mission 2021 is a military Innovative Readiness Training event that will provide medical, vision, and dental services at no cost to patients.  The mission allows guardsmen and reservists who are health professionals in their civilian lives serve in a deployment-like setting.

The clinics will see patients on a first-come, first-serve basis from July 9th-17th in three locations:

Lake Village, AR:  Lakeside High School
Lake Providence, LA:  General Trass High School
Greenville, MS:  Greenville High School

For more information, please visit www.dra.gov/irt



Upcoming Events:

May 24, 2021
WORC Technical Assistance Workshop (Oxford, MS)
May 25, 2021
WORC Technical Assistance Workshop (Jonesboro, AR)
June 6, 2021
Deadline to submit 2021 SEDAP Applications to LDDs
June 8, 2021 - June 10, 2021
Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Session IV (Jackson, MS)
June 11, 2021
WORC Technical Assistance Workshop (Monroe, LA)
June 8, 2021
WORC Technical Assistance Webinar (Virtual)
July 9, 2021 - July 17, 2021
IRT: Delta Wellness Mission 2021

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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