Delta Regional Authority Announces $1.6 Million Investment into Four Western Kentucky Communities

September 29, 2022

DRA’s investment will improve basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, job training, and rural healthcare to support economic development in communities across Western Kentucky.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $1,686,338 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Western Kentucky communities and residents. The investment will be matched by $595,000 in additional funds. 

The four new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support business development and job training in communities across Western Kentucky. These projects are expected to create or retain 18 jobs, train 16 individuals, and affect over 2,600 families.

“The road to economic revitalization begins with strengthening a community’s infrastructure, supporting small businesses and developing a workforce to meet local industry needs,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins. “Delta Regional Authority’s $1.6 million investment will help boost four projects in Kentucky 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.

Kentucky: FY 2022 Investment Snapshot 

  • Number of Projects: 4
  • DRA Investment: $1,686,338
  • Total Project Investment: $2,281,338
  • Jobs Created: 14
  • Jobs Retained: 4
  • Individuals Trained: 16
  • Families Affected: 2,646

“These four projects will address critical needs in Kentucky’s Delta Regional Authority region,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This funding will support workforce expansion while providing infrastructure upgrades for future economic development and training opportunities for Kentuckians.”

“Kentucky’s Mississippi River communities are bound by a common geography, history, and economic trajectory. I proudly support the Delta Regional Authority during the appropriations process because they understand the shared ties that unite the area and support projects that bring concrete, lasting improvements to the region. I congratulate the organizations receiving support through the Delta Regional Authority today and look forward to the new development they will foster in Western Kentucky,” said U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

  1. Southwest One Alternate Entrance | Benton, KY: The Marshall County Fiscal Court will use DRA funds to create safe traffic and access points in the industrial park development connecting to US HWY 641.
    • DRA Investment: $527,158
    • Total Investment: $527,158
  2. Henderson Community College (HCC) Advanced Manufacturing Lab Expansion | Henderson, KY: Henderson Community College will use DRA funds to purchase training equipment to double the capacity of HCC’s Advanced manufacturing Center Lab to meet urgent demands of local manufacturers and increase the skilled talent pipeline. This investment is projected to train 16 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $650,501
    • Total Investment: $1,150,501
  3. Ag Center Lift Station Project Phase 2 | Greenville, KY: The City of Greenville will use DRA funds to provide wastewater treatment plant improvements to support future economic development in the Greenville, KY and Powderly, KY areas. This investment is projected to retain two jobs and affect 2,646 families.
    • DRA Investment: $387,772
    • Total Investment: $482,722
  4. Community Medical Clinic X-Ray Equipment Project | Princeton, KY: The Community Medical Clinic will use DRA funds to purchase x-ray equipment for their rural healthcare clinics in Hopkinsville, KY and Princeton, KY. This investment is projected to create 2 jobs and retain 2 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $120,957
    • Total Investment: $120,957


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