Delta Regional Authority Announces $1.4 Million Investment into Six Southern Illinois Communities

October 04, 2022

DRA’s investment will improve basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, and workforce development to support economic development in communities across Southern Illinois.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $1,465,061 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Southern Illinois communities and residents. The investment will be matched by over $7.6 million and will attract an additional $2.3 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into Southern Illinois. 

The six new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support business development and workforce training in communities across Southern Illinois. These projects are expected to create or retain 152 jobs, train 30 individuals, and affect 73 families. 

“The road to economic revitalization begins with strengthening a community’s infrastructure and developing a workforce to meet local industry needs,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins. “Delta Regional Authority’s $1.4 million investment will help boost six Southern Illinois communities to enable economic growth and preparing the region for a prosperous future.

Funding for these projects is provided by the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which provides direct investment into community-based and regional projects to support basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce training and education, and small businesses development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. DRA coordinates directly with the Office of the Governor for the State of Illinois and its local development districts for program funding implementation.

Illinois: FY 2022 Investment Snapshot 

  • Number of Projects: 6
  • DRA Investment: $1,465,061
  • Total Project Investment: $9,151,745
  • Additional Capital Investment: $2,374,280
  • Jobs Created: 49
  • Jobs Retained: 103
  • Individuals Trained: 30
  • Families Affected: 73

“Strong infrastructure is essential for regional development and economic opportunity, and these projects will help ensure that foundation remains strong in southern Illinois,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker. “I’m grateful to the Delta Regional Authority for their partnership in lifting up our communities and building for the future.”

“The six investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update our crumbling transportation infrastructure, and support business and workforce development in communities across Southern Illinois,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. “Repairing aging water and sewer systems and crumbling transportation infrastructure is critical for the health and well-being of Illinoisans. This much-needed investment will create new jobs across the region, bolstering local economies for years to come.”

“Every American should have access to clean water, safe transportation systems and a strong economy with many job opportunities, regardless of their ZIP code,” said U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth. “I'm glad that this federal support will bring much-deserved resources to Southern Illinois communities, and I’ll always keep working to help make sure everyone has access to clean water, safer roads and good-paying jobs.”

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

  1. Randolph County Care Center: South Wing Renovations | Chester, IL: The County of Randolph will use DRA funds to upgrade an existing 100-bed nursing home to a more appropriate 50-bed facility and create a much needed 50-bed Behavioral Health Care Center. This investment is projected to create 25 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $439,036
    • Total Investment: $7,613,649
  2. Industrial Park Road Improvements | Vienna, IL: The City of Vienna will use DRA funds to make significant improvements to Redbud Lane and Commercial Drive in order to support new and future businesses in the Industrial Park. This investment is projected to retain 102 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $269,181
    • Total Investment: $298,355
    • Additional Capital Investment: $2,247,880
  3. Shawneetown Regional Port District – Intermodal River Terminal | Shawneetown, IL: The Shawneetown Regional Port District will use DRA funds to purchase a wheel loader for cargo-handling of commodities and products at the soon-to-be renovated port district. This investment is projected to create 8 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $180,289
    • Total Investment: $180,289
    • Additional Capital Investment: $19,400
  4. Watermain Replacement Under Railroad | Sesser, IL: The City of Sesser will use DRA funds to replace part of the watermain under the railroad at Callie Street. This investment is projected to create six jobs and retain two jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $143,710
    • Total Investment: $159,710
  5. SIC – CDL Training Program Expansion | Harrisburg, IL: Southeastern Illinois College will use DRA funds to purchase a Class B Box Truck to expand the existing Class A CDL training program for incumbent and new driver training on Class B CDL obtainment. This investment is projected to create one job, retain one job, and train 30 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $75,420
    • Total Investment: $85,420
  6. Regional Freezer Warehouse for Industrial Frozen Storage | Carbondale, IL: The Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University will use DRA funds to provide 1,600 square feet of shared, low temperature/ultra-low temperature storage for agricultural and processed food products within the 16-county Delta region of Southern Illinois. This investment is projected to create 15 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $357,425
    • Total Investment: $814,425
    • Additional Capital Investment: $107,000

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About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair
202-515-1354
sblair@dra.gov