Delta Regional Authority Announces $1.7 Million Investment into Five Arkansas Infrastructure Project

October 06, 2022

DRA’s investment will improve water, draining, and transportation infrastructure projects to help build safer, more resilient communities throughout the Arkansas Delta.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced that $1.7 million will be invested into five Arkansas infrastructure projects through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). The investment will be matched by $3 million and will attract an additional $23 million in capital investments. The CIF program addresses unmet basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, and flood control needs to help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region. These projects are expected to create or retain 71 jobs and affect over 1,150 families.

“As I travel throughout Arkansas and listen to community leaders, it is clear that infrastructure upgrades are among the state’s greatest needs,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins. “Accessible roads, reliable water and sewer services, and secure flood protection are essential in order to maintain existing businesses, attract new industries, and keep a community healthy and thriving.”

Arkansas: FY 2022 CIF Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects: 5
  • DRA Investment: $1,766,774
  • Total Project Investment: $4,849,103
  • Additional Capital Investment: $23,000,000
  • Jobs Created: 46
  • Jobs Retained: 25
  • Families Affected: 1,153

The following projects were funded by CIF:

  1. City of Summit Pump Project | Summit, AR: The City of Summit will use DRA funds to install a new booster pump station near the master meter that connects to the regional water supplier. This investment is projected to create one job, retain 25 jobs, and affect 240 families.
    • DRA Investment: $194,831
    • Total Investment: $494,831 
  2. Independence County Access Road | Batesville, AR: Independence County will use DRA funds to construct an access road off of the highway, an access road to the parking area, and a parking area on the new American Stave Company mill project site. This investment is projected to create 45 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $414,915
    • Total Investment: $460,139
    • Additional Capital Investment: $23,000,000
  3. Luxora Water Distribution Improvements | Luxora, AR: The City of Luxora will use DRA funds to install a new water distribution system. This investment is projected to affect 445 families.
    • DRA Investment: $508,910
    • Total Investment: $2,946,025 
  4. Montrose Wastewater Improvement Project | Montrose, AR: The City of Montrose will use DRA funds to complete the rehabilitation of the city’s wastewater pond and three pump stations. This investment is projected to affect 220 families.
    • DRA Investment: $400,242
    • Total Investment: $700,242 
  5. Altheimer Wastewater System Improvement Project | Altheimer, AR: The City of Altheimer will use DRA funds to make necessary improvements to its wastewater system. This investment is projected to affect 248 families.
    • DRA Investment: $247,876
    • Total Investment: $247,876

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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