Delta Regional Authority Announces $2.8 Million Investment into Eight Mississippi Communities

September 29, 2022

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $2,856,357 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Mississippi Delta communities and residents. The investment will be matched by $5 million and will attract an additional $1.8 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into Mississippi. 

The eight new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support business development and job training in communities across Mississippi. These projects are expected to create or retain 78 jobs, train 20 individuals, and affect over 5,500 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 $2.8 million investment will help boost eight Mississippi 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 Mississippi and local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

Mississippi: FY 2022 Investment Snapshot 

  • Number of Projects: 8
  • DRA Investment: $2,856,357
  • Total Project Investment: $7,898,743
  • Additional Capital Investment: $1,800,000
  • Jobs Created: 25
  • Jobs Retained: 53
  • Individuals Trained: 20
  • Families Affected: 5,508

“As a Delta Regional Authority Board Member, I know firsthand the importance of this partnership and the length that these funds will go to support Mississippi infrastructure. I’m grateful for these investments and look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on our state’s infrastructure and job training efforts,” said Governor Tate Reeves

“Strong infrastructure is essential to creating jobs, and I am glad to see the Delta Regional Authority is continuing to partner with Mississippi communities,” U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said. “These investments will be combined with local and private funding to support economic development and improve quality of life for years to come.”

“Reliable water, wastewater, and transportation infrastructure are must-haves for any community to improve quality of life and to thrive economically,” said U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.  “I’m pleased the Delta Regional Authority is using appropriated funds to invest in the Mississippi Delta to support needed improvements, create jobs, and encourage economic vitality across the region.”

“I am pleased to support the work that the Economic Development Assistance Program is achieving for Mississippi. This fund will benefit the counties within my district tremendously. By providing these funds, this investment will improve the life for Mississippi Delta citizens. The new projects will enhance water and sewer systems, assist business development, and much more. I will continue to lead and serve the people of the 2nd Congressional District,” said Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-02).

“Mississippi is well served by the work of the DRA. I’m thankful for their hard work to create an even better future for the people of Mississippi,” Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) said.

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

  1. Panola Partnership – Airport Industrial Complex Water Tower Project | Batesville, MS: The Panola Partnership will use DRA funds to construct an elevated water tank to service the existing and new businesses planned for the Airport Industrial Park.  This investment is projected to create 25 jobs and retain 22 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $407,920
    • Total Investment: $2,407,920
  2. Town of Braxton Clean Water Project | Braxton, MS: The Town of Braxton will use DRA funds to a water treatment plant of contaminate removal.  This investment is projected to affect 106 families.
    • DRA Investment: $609,900
    • Total Investment: $699,900
  3. Sewer Transportation Improvements | Mize, MS: The Town of Mize will use DRA funds to correct problems associated with inflow and infiltration of water into the sewer treatment facilities.  This investment is projected to affect 198 families.
    • DRA Investment: $222,098
    • Total Investment: $246,098
  4. TCUD Sewer Rehabilitation 2022 | Tunica, MS: The Tunica County Utility District will use DRA funds to complete rehabilitation of the sewer pump stations serving the Tunica County Utility District’s most at-risk residents.  This investment is projected to affect 4,977 families.
    • DRA Investment: $237,478
    • Total Investment: $1,772,431
  5. Cleveland Airport Hangar Construction | Cleveland, MS: The City of Cleveland will use DRA funds to build a new hangar at the Cleveland Airport for an agricultural aviation training operation.  This investment is projected to train 20 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $306,930
    • Total Investment: $1,283,423
  6. Town of Puckett – Asbestos Cement Water Pipe Removal | Puckett, MS: The Town of Puckett will use DRA funds to remove and replace two asbestos cement pipes in the Town’s water system.  This investment is projected to affect 227 families.
    • DRA Investment: $165,544
    • Total Investment: $185,544
  7. Rehabilitation of Leflore County Road 626 | Greenwood, MS: Leflore County will use DRA funds to rehabilitate overlay of approximately one mile of the 2.75 miles of County Road 626 that serves as access to Gary Beall Enterprises (Wildwood Technologies).  This investment is projected to retain 31 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $349,222
    • Total Investment: $499,222
    • Additional Capital Investment: $300,000
  8. Water Valley Electrical System Improvements | Water Valley, MS: The City of Water Valley will use DRA funds to strengthen the City of Water Valley’s electrical system by installing two 10-megawatt transformers to improve system reliability and create redundancy to prevent city-wide outages.
    • DRA Investment: $367,524
    • Total Investment: $594,024
  9. Industrial Road Improvements | Bay Springs, MS: The City of Bay Springs will use DRA funds to make improvements and widen Ishee Lane, and industrial road that serves American Pole and Piling and the wastewater plant. 
    • DRA Investment: $189,741
    • Total Investment: $210,181
    • Additional Capital Investment: $1,500,000


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:
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