Delta Regional Authority Announces $2.6 Million Investment into Seven Arkansas Projects

September 29, 2022

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $2,674,232 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Arkansas communities and residents. The investment will be matched by $7,778,196 and will attract an additional $65,000 in leveraged private investment (LPI) into seven Arkansas communities. 

The seven new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support workforce development in communities across the Arkansas Delta. These projects are expected to create or retain 106 jobs, train 168 individuals, and affect 3,359 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 $2.6 million investment will help boost seven projects in Arkansas 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 Arkansas and its local development districts for program funding implementation.

Arkansas: FY 2022 Investment Snapshot 

  • Number of Projects: 7
  • DRA Investment: $2,674,232
  • Total Project Investment: $10,452,428
  • Additional Capital Investment: $65,000
  • Jobs Created: 14
  • Jobs Retained: 92
  • Individuals Trained: 168
  • Families Affected: 3,359

“These investments from the Delta Regional Authority will provide growth in infrastructure, education, and tourism in Arkansas,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “The DRA has been a critical partner to Arkansas through Republican and Democrat Presidential administrations alike, and I’m grateful for our ability to work together for the region.”

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

  1. SouthArk AMTC Expansion | El Dorado, AR: South Arkansas Community College (SouthArk) will use DRA funds to expand and renovate an existing building to increase capacity to support non-credit and credit welding and industrial maintenance programs. This investment is projected to train 50 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $733,448
    • Total Investment: $805,681
  2. Worldwide Label and Packaging Loading Docks | McCrory, AR: The City of McCrory will use DRA funds to add a new loading dock for a city-owned building that has been leased since 2000 to Worldwide Label and Packaging. This investment is projected to create 10 jobs and retain 28 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $231,283
    • Total Investment: $256,293
    • Additional Capital Investment: $10,000
  3. Sultana Disaster Museum | Marion, AR: The City of Marion will use DRA funds to renovate a building that will house the Sultana Disaster Museum. This investment is projected to create 4 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $508,910
    • Total Investment: $2,946,025
  4. Automation Classroom Design for Turn-Key Industry Training | Pocahontas, AR: Black River Technical College will use DRA funds to transform a classroom into a flexible, modular space for industry-specific robotics training that focuses on programming, operations, and maintenance. This investment is projected to retain 50 jobs and train 50 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $169,786
    • Total Investment: $192,591
  5. Pocahontas Water Treatment Plant Upgrades | Pocahontas, AR: The City of Pocahontas will use DRA funds to upgrade its existing water treatment plant to expand its capacity. This investment is projected to affect 3,111 families.
    • DRA Investment: $781,077
    • Total Investment: $2,281,077
  6. Ozarka College Nursing Education | Melbourne, AR: Ozarka College will use DRA funds to expand and upgrade its nursing program to address the shortage of licensed practical and registered nurses in the north central Arkansas region. This investment is projected to train 68 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $182,910
    • Total Investment: $409,910
  7. 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: $66,818
    • Total Investment: $66,818

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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