Delta Regional Authority Announces $1.7 Million Investment into Tennessee Infrastructure Project

October 06, 2022

DRA’s investment will help retain 380 jobs; expand business in Bells, Tennessee.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $1.7 million investment to the City of Bells, Tennessee through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). The investment, which will be used to relocate utilities as part of a much larger project involving TDOT and Pictsweet, will be matched by $7.1 million in additional funds. These projects are expected to retain 380 jobs.

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. 

“Infrastructure projects are essential in order to maintain existing businesses, attract new industries, and keep a community healthy and thriving,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins. “I am pleased that Delta Regional Authority is able to contribute funds to a project that will help retain hundreds of jobs in the area.”

Tennessee: FY 2022 CIF Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects: 1
  • DRA Investment: $1,782,785
  • Total Project Investment: $8,904,785
  • Jobs Retained: 380

The following project was funded by CIF:

  1. Project Mallard | Bells, TN: The City of Bells will use DRA funds to relocate utilities as part of a much larger project involving TDOT and Pictsweet as they relocate a portion of US 79/SR-76 in order to expand operations. This investment is projected to retain 380 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $1,782,785
    • Total Investment: $8,904,785


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