Delta Leadership Institute Graduates 6 TN Leaders Poised to Support Economic Development Efforts
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) congratulates six new Tennessee graduates of the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy who now have the tools to support DRA’s efforts to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across west Tennessee and the Delta region.
Delta Leadership Institute Graduates 6 MS Leaders Poised to Support Economic Development Efforts
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) congratulates six new Mississippi graduates of the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy who now have the tools to support DRA’s efforts to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across Mississippi and the Delta region
Delta Leadership Institute Graduates 7 LA Leaders Poised to Support Economic Development Efforts
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) congratulates seven new Louisiana graduates of the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy who now have the tools to support DRA’s efforts to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across Louisiana and the Delta region.
Delta Leadership Institute Graduates 5 KY Leaders Poised to Support Economic Development Efforts
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) congratulates five new Kentucky graduates of the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy who now have the tools to support DRA’s efforts to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across western Kentucky and the Delta region.
Delta Leadership Institute Graduates 5 IL Leaders Poised to Support Economic Development Efforts
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) congratulates five new Illinois graduates of the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy who now have the tools to support DRA’s efforts to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across southern Illinois and the Delta region.
Delta Leadership Institute Graduates 10 AR Leaders Poised to Support Economic Development Efforts
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) congratulates 10 new Arkansas graduates of the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy who now have the tools to support DRA’s efforts to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across Arkansas and the Delta region.
Delta Leadership Institute Graduates 6 AL Leaders Poised to Support Economic Development Efforts
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) congratulates six new Alabama graduates of the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy who now have the tools to support DRA’s efforts to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across the Black Belt of Alabama and the Delta region.
Delta Leadership Institute Graduates 48 Leaders Poised to Think Regionally in Economic Development
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) congratulates 48 new graduates of the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy who now have the tools to support DRA’s efforts to create jobs, build communities, and improve lives across the Mississippi River Delta region and the Black Belt of Alabama.
Delta Regional Authority Invests $1.2 Million in Guthrie to Support 125 New Jobs in Automotive Indus
GUTHRIE, KY. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) today announced a nearly $1.2 million investment to improve infrastructure at a planned automotive sheet manufacturing facility located just outside of Guthrie. The 153-acre manufacturing plant is a $300 million economic development project that will create 125 new jobs in Todd County.
Louisiana, Alabama Communities Receive Funding Assistance from DRA, Federal Partners
Two rural communities in Alabama and Louisiana will each receive a $15,000 seed grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) through Healthy Places for Healthy People (HP2), a federal initiative that brings together community leaders and healthcare partners to create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods.
DoD, DRA Will Host Medical Mission to Promote Wellness in Southern Illinois
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Delta Regional Authority (DRA) will hold a healthcare mission in Harrisburg, IL., that will deliver no-cost medical, dental and optical care to residents across the region. The mission will be open daily at Harrisburg Middle School from June 18-27. The middle school is located at 312 Bulldog Blvd.
DoD, DRA to Host Medical Clinics to Promote Wellness in Alabama
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Delta Regional Authority (DRA) will hold two no-cost healthcare missions that will deliver medical, dental and optical care to residents across the region. The sessions will be held in Monroeville and Thomasville, Ala., from May 28-June 4. You do not have to be an area resident to receive treatment; anyone who attends will receive care on a first-come, first-served basis. Sessions will be held daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Delta Regional Authority Invests $500,000 in Marion 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 this city’s largest businesses. The announcement highlights national Infrastructure Week in the Mississippi River Delta region.
Delta Leadership Institute now accepting applications for 2018-2019 Executive Academy
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today 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.
DRA, USDA Invest Over $200,000 in Rural Mississippi to Support Economic Development
CLARKSDALE, Miss. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), through a program partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program, today announced it will invest more than $200,000 to support job-training efforts in several Mississippi Delta communities. The announcement highlights support for rural communities during National Economic Development Week.
NEWS: Delta Regional Authority opens application period to attract community investments
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is opening the 2018 application cycle to provide investments through its States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP). The program is DRA’s primary investment tool to spur infrastructure improvements, help develop the Delta’s workforce and local businesses, and enhance regional economic opportunities.
Arkansas Governor Hutchinson named states’ co-chair to lead Delta Regional Authority
LITTLE ROCK, AR. – Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas has been named the State’s Co-Chair of the Delta Regional Authority’s Board of Governors. He took over leadership this past weekend from Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama and will serve alongside DRA federal co-chairman Chris Caldwell
NEWS: DRA new website launches new tools to drive investment, innovation, entrepreneurship
CLARKSDALE, Miss. – The Delta Regional Authority’s new website will provide residents and entrepreneurs across the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt region with new tools to identify and secure investment and resources, the agency announced today.
“An important part of our efforts to help drive economic development in Delta communities is to stay connected with our stakeholders, friends, and partners and provide a platform for Delta residents to stay connected with us. DRA.gov now provides increased services and streamlined information for each person that we work with as well as those that don't know us yet,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said.
Delta Regional Authority awards $1.5 million in new investments
Delta Regional Authority awards $1.5 million in new investments to communities to transform region’s workforce development
Awards work with local leaders to improve regional skills pipelines through stronger workforce systems in Delta communities
Obama Administration Selects 26 Communities, 7 in Delta region to Develop Local Food Projects
DELTA REGION -- Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically identified local food projects.
Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Christopher Masingill announced seven communities in four states that will be receiving Local Foods, Local Places technical support in the Delta region via conference call. Projects in these communities will include efforts to create a local food network, establish a regional food innovation center and develop job training efforts around local food entrepreneurship.
Delta Regional Authority, local partners invest more than $3.6 million into Louisiana economy
Delta Regional Authority leverages federal resources to strengthen infrastructure to create local jobs and economic opportunity
Chairman Masingill: “Strategic federal investments into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities are necessary to create economic opportunity for the hard-working people of Louisiana.”
Delta Regional Authority, local partners invest more than $3.7 million into Arkansas economy
Delta Regional Authority leverages federal resources to strengthen infrastructure to create local jobs and economic opportunity
Chairman Masingill: “Strategic federal investments into the physical infrastructure of Delta communities are necessary to create economic opportunity for the hard-working people of Arkansas.”
Delta Regional Authority, local partners invest more than $3.5 million into Alabama economy
Delta Regional Authority leverages federal resources to strengthen infrastructure to create local jobs and economic opportunity
Chairman Masingill: “Strategic federal investments into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities are necessary to create economic opportunity for the hard-working people of Alabama."
Delta Regional Authority, local partners invest nearly $11.3 million into Missouri economy
Chairman Masingill: “Strategic federal investments into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities are necessary to create economic opportunity for the hard-working people of southeast Missouri.”
Seizing the opportunity to strengthen rural small businesses and entrepreneurs
The most difficult opportunity to pinpoint is sometimes the one that’s right in front of you. And in every rural town across the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions there is an opportunity, namely an economic opportunity, that all of us need to do a better job at seeing: helping small business owners and entrepreneurs access affordable capital.
Delta Distinguished – Gordon Waller
Gordon Waller’s family has a long history in economic development in Missouri. His grandfather was a banker for over 50 years, and his dad was in banking for 42 years. Waller’s career has already spanned more than four decades.
Hernandez Consulting helps rebuild New Orleans as it builds itself
In the tough world of business startups, a company that withstands the trials and challenges of its early years may seem to have it made. But as businessman Alex Hernandez can attest, even the owner of a thriving company can occasionally overlook key needs.
Delta Regional Authority, partners invest $1.1 million into Western Kentucky communities
Delta Regional Authority leverages federal resources to strengthen community infrastructure and health care training to create jobs and economic opportunity
Delta Regional Authority, partners invest $2.7 million into Southern Illinois communities
Delta Regional Authority Leverages Federal Resources to Strengthen Community Infrastructure and Health Care to Create Jobs and Economic Opportunity
DRA, Kentucky Economic Leaders: Reimagining Workforce Development is Key to Regional Growth
DRA, Kentucky Economic Leaders: Reimagining Workforce Development is Key to Regional Growth Workforce Summits Bring Together Key Stakeholders and Thought Leaders on Workforce Development New $1.7M Investment in Workforce Development Will Build Local Capacity & Strengthen Links between Education, Needed Skills, Workers and Jobs
Radio station manager tunes into Delta voices, promotes service across Black Belt airwaves
Candy Capel’s varied career has included multiple ventures in public service, but she seems to have found her voice at the Alabama State University’s radio station WVAS.
Top Notch Security
Top Notch Security, Inc. is prepared to celebrate its 15th year in business on October 23rd with a celebration for employees, customers and other key Personnel at its Memphis, TN headquarters. Mr. Alfred Washington, Owner/CEO knew back in 1999 that starting a business would prove to be one of the best ideas he ever had.
DRA Invests $300,000 in National Geographic Society Geotourism Alliance to boost tourism
DRA Invests $300,000 in National Geographic Society Geotourism Alliance to boost tourism, small business growth
Mississippi River Communities, Businesses to promote culture, history for increased tourism
Reimagining Workforce Development is Key to Regional Growth
DRA, Lieutenant Governor Dardenne, Louisiana Economic Leaders: Reimagining Workforce Development is Key to Regional Growth
50 Graduates Successfully Complete Delta Leadership Institute
Delta Regional Authority challenges regional leaders to stay connected and utilize training to strengthen local and regional communities
DRA, Governor Phil Bryant, Mississippi Economic Leaders: Reimagining Workforce Development is Key
Workforce Summits Bring Together Key Stakeholders and Thought Leaders on Workforce Development
New $1.7M Investment in Workforce Development Will Build Local Capacity & Strengthen Links between Education, Needed Skills, Workers and Jobs
Louisiana’s FastStart Workforce Development Program Sets Standard for Innovation, Effectiveness
Workforce development is rapidly coming to the fore in the nation, and the summer of 2014 has seen a flourish of meetings and summits devoted to workforce development reform in the Delta. Luckily for the region, there is a program that could easily be considered the benchmark of excellence for employment training, and Susana Schowen is playing lead in ensuring its success.
Seeing Social Media Success in Rural America
Increasing foot traffic to Medlin Chiropractic has been both a passion and a challenge for one small business in New Albany, Mississippi. Since opening his office in 2012, educating the public on the many benefits of chiropractic care has been Dr. Greg Medlin’s main focus.
Grayville Industrial Park Slated to Meet Investment, Job Projections
When the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission announced the Delta Regional Authority’s investment in Grayville Industrial Park, planners hoped to attract over $8 Million in public and private investment and 132 jobs to the area.
Alabama Governor Bentley, DRA: Opportunity ripe to Strengthen Workforce
Leaders Convene Key Stakeholders, Announce $1.7 Million Investment into Reimagining Workforce Development
Report Identifies Strategies for Local Leaders to create Workforce System that Prepares and Connects Workers for the Jobs of the Future
DRA: Rural Manufacturing and Increased Exports Key to Regional Investment and Job Growth
DRA, WHITE HOUSE RURAL COUNCIL, US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE HOST “MADE IN RURAL AMERICA” FORUM IN MEMPHIS, BRING TOGETHER ECONOMIC LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY
CHAIRMAN MASINGILL: “The Delta region and its people are primed to reap the jobs and economic benefits of a national focus on rural America.”
U.S. Commerce Secretary Pritzker To Join DRA, Community & Business Leaders in Effort to Boost Export
Delta Regional Authority, White House Rural Council, & U.S. Department of Commerce will hold “Made in Rural America” Regional Forum to help increase rural exports
DRA Chairman Masingill: “Boosting export capacity for rural businesses provides a critical opportunity for economic growth in the Delta region.”
City of Grayville partnering with Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission receives $100,000
ALBION, IL. - Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission is pleased to announce that the Delta Regional Authority has funded a $100,000 investment to the City of Grayville, Illinois.
DRA and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Unveil $1.7 Million Investment for Workforce Development
DRA Investments Will Strengthen Links between Education, Needed Skills, Workers and Jobs
DRA to Host Workforce Summits across Region, Bringing Together Key Stakeholders and Thought Leaders on Workforce Development
Obama Administration Announces Additional Support to Help Communities Boost Local Food Economies
Updated Farm to School Census Demonstrates Economic Impact of Local Food
Nearly 5,000 Southern Illinois residents to receive medical care from U.S. Army Reserve
Delta Regional Authority–U.S. Department of Defense partnership will bring medical, dental, and optical care to three southern Illinois cities at no cost to communities
Local leaders serve three communities through IRT Southern Care mission
This summer, three southern Illinois communities will serve as Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) mission sites, hosting medical professionals from U.S. Military Reserves. Through this partnership between DRA and the U.S. Department of Defense, servicemen and women will provide free medical, dental, and optical care to residents of these communities for ten days in late June.
A hometown pharmacy’s expansion offers fine gifts and Delta culture to national shoppers
Jamie Darling is a Delta girl, born and raised.
“Delta soil runs in my veins,” Darling says. “The resources we have here are second to none, from the soil to the people.”
Delta Regional Authority Announces 2014 Round of States’ Economic Development Assistance Program
Applications for Federal Investment in Community Projects Open for 252 Counties and Parishes
Governor Mike Beebe joins Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub “wallbreaking”
Center to serve the needs of entrepreneurial development throughout Central Arkansas
Delta Regional Authority Decides State Allocations for Key 2014 Economic Development Investments
State governors, Board review investment returns from 2013, plan for new Delta programs in 2014
Chairman Masingill: "In partnership with the Governors of our eight states, we continue to leverage our investments in the Delta for maximum impact."
DRA, Southern Illinois University initiate program to support healthy living among workforce
DRA investment will combat the high toll of chronic disease through behavioral change in the workplace Chairman Marshall: “A healthy workforce is necessary to support a healthy economy and a healthy Delta region.”
Private mental health facility serves veterans and citizens
Louisiana has more than 300,000 registered veterans–about fifteen percent of the state’s population–and with thousands of soldiers still returning to the U.S. from deployment in the Middle East, the health care organizations that are charged with taking care of them upon their return can be overwhelmed by this volume.
Delta Regional Authority proceeds with $100,000 investment in West Alabama workforce
DRA investment will provide state-of-the-art equipment for trainees to gain jobs in the expanding Alabama automotive industry
Chairman Marshall: “This funding will provide crucial opportunities for education and employment with Mercedes-Benz and the automotive industry of west Alabama.”
DRA invests more than $160,000 to support healthy living among West Alabama workforce
DRA investment will combat the high toll of chronic disease through behavioral change in the workplace
Chairman Marshall: “A healthy workforce is necessary to support a healthy economy and a healthy Delta region.”
Delta Leadership Institute Holds Inaugural Training for Alumni
Delta Regional Authority Program Brings Leadership Network to participate in four-day course at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
Chairman Masingill: “Developing cohesive leadership in our communities is vital to moving the Delta region forward.”
Thomasville Mayor builds regional growth through international partnerships
When Chinese manufacturer Golden Dragon Copper was looking to build its first facility in the U.S., 61 communities across the nation put in bids on the $100 million deal, which guaranteed more than 1,000 new jobs for the selected area. Deep in the Black Belt of Alabama, Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day was up for the fight.
Rural hospital grows through DRA investments
Ten years ago, Magee General Hospital (MGH) was a small facility that offered few services to residents in south central Mississippi, forcing some to drive as far as Jackson to seek additional care at larger hospitals.
Chairman’s December Briefing: Food, Farm, and Jobs Bill
One of the most critical pieces of legislation before Congress today is the Food, Farm, and Jobs Bill.
Former educator, legislator works to increase opportunities for Delta youth
Throughout his long career as a state legislator and educator, Jack Crumbly has worked tirelessly to improve the present and future of the Arkansas Delta. As a superintendent, he helped the Earle School District construct a $4.2 million high school facility, for which he helped campaign door-to-door.
Export business uses local waterways, ecological challenge to create jobs & economic opportunity
A fish export business in western Kentucky is utilizing local waterways to create jobs, feed the global population, and provide a solution to an invasive freshwater fish species through international trade.
Museum Director pushes Delta Blues legacy to thrive
Shelley Ritter has been working to preserve and encourage the Delta blues legacy since 2003 as Executive Director of the Delta Blues Museum, a nationally recognized tribute to the legacy and spirit of the blues musicians of the Mississippi Delta.
Contractor answers the call of building and rebuilding southern Missouri
After the devastating destruction caused by the Joplin, Mo. tornado in May 2011, C & M Contractors, Inc.—of Ripley County, MO—were faced with a challenge unlike any they had experienced in more than ten years of operations.
Hotel Conference Center Provides Anchor for Future Development
Twenty years ago, the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Phenix City, Alabama were almost entirely undeveloped. Today, the location is the site of multiple major developments, attracting tourism, education and sports enthusiasts to the region.
Positive Events This Week for the Delta Region
I would like to highlight what is to be a big week for the Mississippi River and the Delta region with three events in promotion of economic and community development along the Mississippi River Delta: the Mississippi River Economy Summit, the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus, and the Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact.
Former university dean continues work in developing and promoting community health programs
Dr. Loretta Prater served more than 40 years as a teacher and administrator before her retirement as the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau in 2012. In recent years, Prater has continued her focus on community health, becoming increasingly aware of the connection between health education and economic viability for a community or region.
Entrepreneur focuses business savvy on supporting hometown economy
Dream Baskets, Inc., started as a small gift basket company in Julie Kuppart’s parents’ garage in Harrisburg, Illinois in October 1995.
Project expansion will allow crucial workforce training to reach hundreds more in Northwest Tennesse
In Northwest Tennessee, generations of residents have relied on the manufacturing sector to provide employment. Today, crippled by an aging and unskilled workforce, the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, and youth outmigration–factors worsened by economic downturn–unemployed workers must move in search of employment to metropolitan areas or remain underemployed.
Chairman’s Briefing: Innovative Readiness Training
Interagency Collaboration Brings Healthcare, Education, and Outreach to the Delta
Mast brings advocacy and solutions to Western Kentucky communities
Utilizing strategic partnerships and relying on strong relationships has allowed David Mast to contribute to the advancement of communities in western Kentucky. With eight years of experience working for Congressman Ed Whitfield and serving the 1st district of Kentucky, Mast knows well the hardships and opportunities available in his home state.
Couple finds business success with unique advantages of Rural America
Often times the benefits of building a business in Rural America are overlooked. However, what Michael and Anne LaBelle see as the competitive advantages of growing a business in Rural America are exactly what brought the couple back to the rural South and the Alabama Black Belt.
Building renovations will allow for regional surgery center, tornado safe room
In rural communities where resources are often scarce and isolated, innovative use of space is crucial. In Houston, Missouri, Texas County Memorial Hospital is doing just that: renovating an antiquated facility to be used as a new surgery area for the hospital as well as to serve as an on-campus tornado safe room with educational programming space.
Chairman’s Briefing: Delta Leadership Institute
Building Community Leaders for Regional Success Strong leaders are integral to the success of Rural America, binding together neighbors, sustaining the deeply-rooted culture, and searching for ways to keep the community moving forward.
Chairman’s Briefing: National Small Business Week
This week, President Obama issued a proclamation that opened, “In America, we believe that anyone willing to work hard and take risks can get their good idea off the ground and into the marketplace.
Development District Director emphasizes collaboration and passion in economic development
Anyone who knows Heather will emphasize the passion that she has for her work, her community, and her clients. As Executive Director of the Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning and Development District (KD), Heather has committed her organization to helping grow the community in which she was raised.
Entrepreneur gets creative in creating jobs and building skill sets
Obion County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state of Tennessee, and some residents there struggle with personal demons that hurt their chances of finding job opportunities. In response to this reality, LeEllen Smith, a homemaker and mother from Troy, set out to establish a non-profit business venture that would train workers in sewing and textile skills through the development of a new line of clothing.
Sewer and water project paves way for $24.5 million Cancer Center
Often times an investment in basic public infrastructure brings with it a lot more than simple utility services for a community. In Carterville, Illinois, a recent DRA investment into the construction of water and sewer lines in a yet-to-be-developed area of the town has cleared the way for a new cancer treatment center that will bring increased health care services to the more than 300,000 residents of southern Illinois.
Dynamic Delta leader strives to strengthen local health care community
Martine Jackson wears many hats, each of which are purposed to support her neighbors and friends in Carbondale, Illinois. A partner in Rhode & Jackson law firm, Jackson has spent the past sixteen years advising clients and employers on employment law and ensuring workplaces are safe and equitable environments.
Home healthcare provider boons in bringing quality care to northeast Arkansas
Success and creation breeds from necessity. After the personal experience of caring for his father and a number of years of professional experience working with assisted living and hospice centers, Gary Johnson decided there was an opportunity to do things better than existing providers.
Loyalty and smart investment prove key to resort and tourism
Tucked away in rural Western Kentucky near the confluence of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers is a growing tourist empire in Moors Resort. Open since 1951, Moor's Resort has provided a recreational and fishing outlet for outdoor enthusiasts from St. Louis to Chicago and in between. However, it was not until the late 1980's when Mark and Kathy Wood took over ownership that Moors Resort became the empire on Kentucky Lake that it is today.
Food Bank expansion hopes to leave no person hungry in southeast Missouri
After 30 years of serving the people of the Missouri Bootheel, Southeast Missouri Food Bank (SMFB) will finally have their own home. Through a DRA investment and other public and private investments and fundraising efforts, SMFB is relocating its services to a 64,000 square-foot complex that will serve as its new distribution center.
Rural Development State Director emphasizes importance of ‘place’ in community development
A native of Crockett County in West Tennessee, Bobby Goode began as a strong leader in his local community and has grown to now lead Tennessee as State Director for USDA-Rural Development (USDA). Appointed on August 25, 2009 by President Barack Obama, Goode describes his agency's mission as "improving the quality of place" in rural communities across Tennessee.
Tech Park opens new Digital Media Incubator
Through funding support from the Delta Regional Authority, Louisiana Technology Park has opened a new, state-of-the-art digital media studio called the Level Up Lab. The first of its kind in the South and the Delta region, Level Up Lab provides qualified, pre-screened companies and entrepreneurs the tools, mentorship, and space to create video games, mobile apps, and other digital content.
DRA invests in rail access to boost business and industrial development
Monticello and Southeast Arkansas have broken ground on construction of a rail spur that will provide increased access to the Monticello Economic Development Commission Industrial Park.
Jones-Taylor leads community health center in providing care and access throughout region
After nearly a quarter of a century of serving the Mississippi Delta region as CEO of the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center (AEH), Aurelia Jones-Taylor is committed to bringing quality health care to Mississippi residents no matter their location or health status.
DRA provides funding for transportation infrastructure projects to bring investment, development
In order to attract private investment and support a community's economic vitality, a community must have the necessary transportation infrastructure to support commerce and development.
Couple pool their skills to build regional supplier for industrial equipment
When a husband has extensive industrial sales experience and the wife has marketing and business experience, it can be tempting to start their own business when they see the opportunity. In 2004 John and Renee Pender combined their skills and founded Pender Industrial.
Chairman’s Winter Briefing: The Lifeline of America, The Heart of the Delta
The nation's ongoing drought has dropped river channels to unsafe levels, exposing traffic to previously unseen hazards, including destructive rock pinnacles, narrowing waterways, and sandbars.
Chairman’s November Briefing: Thanking our Small Businesses
This week, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, the Delta Regional Authority reflects on how thankful we are for our Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs, especially during National Entrepreneurship Month.
Veterans Day Briefing
On November 11, 1971, my father, at the age of 22, walked into a recruiting office on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to enlist in the United States Navy.
Southern Illinois Healthcare joins community colleges in training local health care professionals
With the goal of regional outreach and collaboration, Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) is opening a simulation and learning lab in Carbondale that will provide distance learning and continuing education to health care students and industry professionals throughout the Southern Illinois region.
Chairman’s Briefing: DRA’s Eight State Broadband Summit
We know now more than ever that a more connected Delta region is a more productive Delta region. Broadband availability in our communities connects our people to increased educational and professional opportunities and creates jobs in the region.
Infrastructure projects assist state in attracting investment in manufacturing sector
Over the past year, the manufacturing sector has been a strong driver of economic growth in Alabama. Supported by investments in space and technology in southern Alabama and large automotive operations throughout the state, manufacturing is growing and attracting companies from around the world to Alabama.
Proud yet humble Tensas Parish leader promotes commerce and tourism
You won’t find many people more proud of their home than Jane Netterville. A lifelong resident of beautiful Lake Bruin, an oxbow lake just west of the Mississippi River with “a beautiful cypress setting”, Netterville does all that she can, even in brief greetings, to convince people it’s the perfect place to live, vacation, or simply relax. As a real estate agent by profession, she has spent many years working with the vast properties around the lake and realizing the needs of the region in order to be an attractive locale.
Local bike shop combines skills and passion to promote cycling and healthy living in Jackson
Many entrepreneurs get their start in a field other than business. For the owners of Hub City Bicycle, starting a business came from their desire to help their community of Jackson, TN. Approached with the idea of opening a bike retail and repair shop, Justin Wren jumped on the opportunity with a long-time friend, Adrian Parchman.
Ozarks Small Business Incubator expands facilities and services for students and young entrepreneurs
Budding entrepreneurs in the community of West Plains will soon have an outlet for learning, networking, and developing their own business. The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) is putting the finishing touches on its new IDEA Center, a 2,000 square foot renovated space attached to OzSBI, which will be a pre-incubation space geared to students and young entrepreneurs from West Plains.
City of Selma and Mayor utilize available programs and resources to develop community
Since his election in 2008, Mayor George Evans has actively supported and initiated numerous programs in his hometown of Selma, Alabama. A lifelong educator and public servant, Mayor Evans was superintendent of the Dallas County, Alabama Schools system before serving as Chief Academic Officer for the State of Alabama. He is proud to have served as Selma’s City Council President before being elected as Selma’s mayor in 2008.
Hemline Ridgeland finds success in personal touch and community focus
Alex Edgin can recognize a strong, successful business model when she sees one. After working nine years for a women’s boutique in New Orleans, Edgin decided that she was ready to open her own shop.
Chairman’s August Briefing: Building Delta Communities through Leadership
We know that the Delta community and its people deserve good governance, quality infrastructure, productive schools, an educated workforce, and first-rate healthcare.
Retail Center brings opportunity for Main Street Pine Bluff to thrive
The downtown of a city is often considered the heart of that community, a part of many towns that in recent years has seen renewed campaigns for investment and revitalization. In Pine Bluff, AR, the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and its Business Support Incubator, through processes and programs that engage existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, is doing just that: revitalizing the city’s Main Street and downtown corridor.