Delta Regional Authority Announces $3 Million Investment into Five Alabama Infrastructure Projects

October 06, 2022

DRA’s investment will improve water, draining, and transportation infrastructure projects to help build safer, more resilient communities throughout the Alabama Black Belt.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced that $3 million will be invested into five Alabama Black Belt infrastructure projects through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). The investment will be matched by $818,475 and will attract an additional $10.7 million in capital investments. 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. These projects are expected to create 33 jobs and affect 1,300 families.

“As I travel throughout the Alabama Black Belt and listen to community leaders, it is clear that infrastructure upgrades are among the state’s greatest needs,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins. “Accessible roads, reliable water and sewer services, and secure flood protection are essential in order to maintain existing businesses, attract new industries, and keep a community healthy and thriving.”

Alabama: FY 2022 CIF Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects: 5
  • DRA Investment: $3,084,326
  • Total Project Investment: $3,902,801
  • Additional Capital Investment: $10,700,000
  • Jobs Created: 33
  • Families Affected: 1,300

The following projects were funded by CIF:

  1. Water Supply Well Replacement | Brewton, AL: The City of Brewton will use DRA funds to replace an existing well. This investment is projected to affect 500 families.
    • DRA Investment: $690,692
    • Total Investment: $790,692 
  2. Selma Downtown Street Rehabilitation | Selma, AL: The City of Selma will use DRA funds to resurface three major roadways as part of the city’s downtown revitalization effort.
    • DRA Investment: $407,920
    • Total Investment: $487,920
  3. Wallace Community College Drainage Improvements | Selma, AL: The George Corley Wallace State Community College will use DRA funds to improve drainage on campus. This investment is projected to affect 3,435 families.
    • DRA Investment: $1,029,438
    • Total Investment: $1,367,913 
  4. SBCWA Interconnection | Montgomery, AL to Union Springs, AL: The South Bullock County Water Authority will use DRA funds to construct an interconnection between the High Ridge Tank and Hall’s Crossroads Well to the Simsville system. This investment is projected to affect 800 families.
    • DRA Investment: $750,276
    • Total Investment: $750,276 
  5. Evergreen-Baggett Street Lift Station | Evergreen, AL: The City of Evergreen will use DRA funds to assist with the rehabilitation of the Baggett Street lift station to serve three business. This investment is projected to affect 182 families.
    • DRA Investment: $206,000
    • Total Investment: $506,000
    • Additional Capital Investment: $10,700,000

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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