Delta Regional Authority Announces $2.2 Million Investment into Missouri Communities

February 22, 2022

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $2,297,010 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Southeast Missouri communities and residents.  The investment will be matched by $4.7 million and will attract an additional $5.7 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into Missouri. 

The 10 new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, support business development, and support job training in communities across the Missouri Bootheel.  These projects are expected to create or retain 169 jobs, train 950 individuals, and affect over 2,400 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 Parson and the Missouri 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 Missouri and local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

Missouri: FY 2021 Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects: 10
  • DRA Investment: $2,297,010
  • Total Project Investment: $7,079,680
  • Additional Capital Investment: $5,789,689
  • Jobs Created: 98
  • Jobs Retained: 71
  • Individuals Trained: 950
  • Families Affected: 2,464

“The Delta Regional Authority continues to support Missouri’s communities year after year,” said Governor Mike Parson (R-MO). “These projects are critical for ensuring economic growth throughout Southeast Missouri, and we look forward to collaborating on initiatives that improve the lives of Missourians and their families.”

“The Delta Regional Authority investments announced today will make a significant, positive impact in communities across Missouri,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO).  “These resources will go toward infrastructure upgrades, economic development initiatives, job training programs, and other projects that will expand opportunities and improve the quality of life for local families. I’ll keep supporting DRA’s important work to ensure our rural areas have the resources they need to compete and succeed.”


The following project was funded by CIF:

Twin Cities Industrial Park Wastewater Enhancement | Cabool, MO:  The City of Cabool will use DRA funds to enhance the Twin Cities Industrial Park Wastewater system.  This investment is projected to create 35 jobs.

DRA Investment: $479,453
Total Investment: $513,703
Additional Capital Investment:  $5,000,000


The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

City of Mountain Grover Water/Sewer Extension Project | Mountain Grove, MO:  The City of Mountain Grove will use DRA funds to extend their existing municipal potable water and sanitary sewer system to a sit at the intersection of U.S. Highway 60 and Business 60.  This investment is projected to create 23 jobs, retain six jobs, and affect 2,008 families.

DRA Investment: $256,500
Total Investment: $1,445,087

Van Buren Public Safety Building | Van Buren, MO:  The City of Van Buren will use DRA funds to demolish the existing public safety facility, which house the police, fire, and emergency medical services prior to the 2017 flood, and construct a new facility upon the same site. 

DRA Investment: $139,549
Total Investment: $611,311

Mineral Point Economic Development Infrastructure | Mineral Point, MO:  The Village of Mineral Point will use DRA funds to implement a public infrastructure improvement project to redevelop a blighted city block and facilitate the location of a new business and jobs.  This investment is projected to create eight jobs.

DRA Investment: $185,007
Total Investment: $221,007
Additional Capital Investment:  $500,000

JAG-Missouri, Inc. | Springfield, MO:  JAG-Missouri, Inc. will use DRA funds to expand and strengthen the JAG program to enhance economic development.  This investment is projected to train 640 individuals.

DRA Investment: $250,000
Total Investment: $1,179,000

MU Delta Research Center | Portageville, MO:  The MU Delta Research Center will use DRA funds to re-establish its soil and water lab testing site.  This investment is projected to create two jobs.

DRA Investment: $256,689
Total Investment: $258,689
Additional Capital Investment:  $256,689

Mad Hatter | Oran, MO:  The City of Oran will use DRA funds to replace the roof and lighting system of an existing building.  This investment is projected to retain 45 jobs. 

DRA Investment: $163,883
Total Investment: $548,883

Bismarck School Street Sewer Replacement | Bismarck, MO:  The City of Bismarck will use DRA funds to replace approximately 1,160 linear feet of 8-inch clay sewer main with a new PVC sewer main and three manholes to eliminate flooding of raw sewage into the basement of the Bismarck R-5 School District.  This investment is projected to affect 456 families.

DRA Investment: $104,679
Total Investment: $140,750

New Madrid County Schools | New Madrid, MO:  New Madrid County Schools will use DRA funds to renovate and update its Technical Skills Center’s program areas.  This investment is projected to train 110 individuals.

DRA Investment: $256,500
Total Investment: $256,500
Additional Capital Investment:  $33,000

Southern Missouri Innovation Alliance | Cape Girardeau, MO:  The Marquette Tech District Foundation, Inc. will use DRA funds to provide training, mentoring, and access to new sources of private capital to existing and startup entrepreneurs in all 29 counties in the region, creating five new tech companies.  This investment is projected to create 10 jobs, retain 10 jobs, and train 100 individuals.

DRA Investment: $204,750
Total Investment: $904,750


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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