Delta Regional Authority Announces $1.7 Million Investment into Southern Illinois Communities

February 22, 2022

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $1,793,734 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Southern Illinois communities and residents.  The investment will be matched by nearly $600,000 and will attract an additional $16 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into Southern Illinois. 

The 8 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 636 jobs, train 359 individuals, and affect 822 families. 

“Born and raised along the Mississippi River, I know firsthand how vital the Delta Regional Authority’s ability to bolster community revitalization and economic prosperity within the Delta and Alabama Black Belt is,” said DRA Alternate Federal Co-Chairwoman Leslie Durham.  “By strategically investing federal dollars into physical and human infrastructure, DRA helps alleviate the critical needs of the region in order to improve quality of life for our residents and foster future growth.  I want to thank Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Congressional Delegation for their continued partnership as we work to level the playing field for our citizens.”

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, and the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF), which targets physical infrastructure projects that help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region.  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 2021 Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects: 8
  • DRA Investment: $1,793,734
  • Total Project Investment: $2,392,663
  • Additional Capital Investment: $16,000,000
  • Jobs Created: 78
  • Jobs Retained: 558
  • Individuals Trained: 359
  • Families Affected: 882

“I’m so grateful to the Delta Regional Authority for making sure Southern Illinoisans see their fair share of federal dollars – and doing so in a way that unlocks millions more in private investment for the region,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Since my first days in office, I’ve made it my mission to invest in Southern Illinois, create jobs, and tell the world that our communities are open for business. The Delta Regional Authority continues to be a tremendous partner in that effort. From healthcare access to broadband to job training, this $1.7 million investment marks yet another milestone as we work together to open more doors for the working families of Southern Illinois.”

"The eight projects supported by these funds will create jobs and address critical local infrastructure needs,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). “I will continue working alongside the Delta Regional Authority to ensure Southern Illinois' communities have access to the federal resources they need to thrive.”

“This announcement is an example of federal and state government working together to uplift working families and rural communities in Illinois,” said U.S. Senator Duckworth (D-IL). “This support will help make Southern Illinois’s water cleaner, healthcare more accessible and local economy and workforce stronger. I will continue to advocate for the tools and resources that can help Illinoisans across every corner of our state.”

“It's an honor to see such great economic investment into our southern Illinois communities. I look forward to working with the Delta Regional Authority on these projects that will improve our roads, utilities, and water systems,” said Congresswoman Mary Miller (IL-15).

The following projects were funded by CIF:

Goreville Pyramid, Hubbard, and Bradley Street Improvements | Goreville, IL:  The Village of Goreville will use DRA funds to make significant improvements to Pyramid Street and Bradley Street in order to support the construction and establishment of a new rural health clinic.  This investment is projected to create five jobs and retain four jobs.

DRA Investment: $256,500
Total Investment: $309,857
Additional Capital Investment:  $2,000,000

Marion Road and Utility Extension  | Marion, IL:  The City of Marion will use DRA funds to construct a campground and warehouse that supports job creation, small business, and entrepreneurship.  This investment is projected to create 25 jobs and retain 28 jobs.

DRA Investment: $408,000
Total Investment: $798,900
Additional Capital Investment:  $2,500,000

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

EMT/EMS Rural Healthcare | Carterville, IL:  John A. Logan College will use DRA funds to address the lack of regional, accessible emergency healthcare in 11 Southern Illinois counties by increasing and retaining EMT/EMS jobs via apprenticeships and workforce development.  This investment is projected to create 40 jobs, retain 300 jobs, and train 59 individuals.

DRA Investment: $305,138
Total Investment: $338,859

SISCO Building Electrical Upgrades | Mounds, IL:  The Southern Illinois Stimulus Corporation will use DRA funds to make improvements to their Port of Cairo buildings electrical system.  This investment is projected to create six jobs and retain two jobs.

DRA Investment: $42,000
Total Investment: $47,000

Ferrell Hospital – Tyto Telehealth Project | Eldorado, IL:  Ferrell Hospital will use DRA funds to acquire a Tyto telehealth equipment system that will enable clinicians to expand their provisions of telehealth visits to patients and employment sites.  This investment is projected to retain 219 jobs.

DRA Investment: $131,484
Total Investment: $148,704

Pinckneyville Community Hospital Equipment Purchase | Pinckneyville, IL:  The Pinckneyville Community Hospital will use DRA funds to purchase vital surgical equipment as part of an $11.5 million addition/renovation to its existing campus.  This investment is projected to create two jobs and retain five jobs.

DRA Investment: $236,087
Total Investment: $261,620
Additional Capital Investment:  $11,500,000

Virtual Reality Training Expansion | Marion, IL:  The Management, Training, and Consulting, Corp. (Man-Tra-Con) will use DRA funds to implement virtual reality training that aligns with employers’ needs to best prepare students for in-demand manufacturing careers.  This investment is projected to train 300 individuals.

DRA Investment: $206,000
Total Investment: $228,223

Sesser Watermain Replacement 2021 | Sesser, IL:  The City of Sesser will use DRA funds to replace aged and failing watermain on Elm Street from Main Street to the City’s existing elevated water tank.  This investment is projected to affect 822 families.

DRA Investment: $208,525
Total Investment: $259,500


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