States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)

NEWS: 2017-18 SEDAP Grants Awarded

October 3, 2017 – The Delta Regional Authority is pleased to announce over $20 million in funding through our States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) to improve infrastructure, enhance workforce, and support business opportunities in the Delta region. Coupled with contributions from DRA's public and private partners, total investments for 2017-18 will reach $231.6 million.

Click your state below or visit our newsroom to learn more about the projects that received SEDAP funding this cycle.


Strategic investment in the 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority is helping to improve the quality of life and boost economic development opportunities. The main investment tool used by the Delta Regional Authority is the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which provides direct investment into community-based and regional projects that address the DRA’s congressionally mandated four funding priorities.

Under federal law, at least 75 percent of DRA funds must be invested in economically distressed counties and parishes. Half of these funds are targeted to transportation and basic infrastructure improvements. The remaining funds are directed to DRA’s other funding priorities of workforce development and business development with a focus on entrepreneurship.

The DRA works closely with the 45 Local Development Districts in the DRA footprint that serve as front-line project managers to ensure community-relevant project development and investment. SEDAP investments emphasize job creation, regional collaboration, and funding partnerships in communities.

Through 16 SEDAP funding cycles, the DRA has leveraged its $185 million of federal-state investments into nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment into community-based and regional projects--investments that have helped to create and retain 55,000 jobs, train more than 44,000 Delta workers for 21st century jobs, and connect over 238,000 families to clean water and/or sewer service.


The 2018 SEDAP Application Cycle is open between March 1, 2018 and June 29, 2018.

Cumulative Regional Benefits from DRA

The numbers below are for FY 2002-FY 2017

Total DRA Projects
DRA Investment
$ 185,368,284
Other Public Investment
$ 1,086, 937,609
Other Private Investment
$ 2,457,268,583
Overall Total Investment
$ 3,729,574,476
Jobs Created and Retained
Individuals Trained for Jobs
Families Affected