Delta Regional Authority Announces $3.4 Million Investment into Alabama Communities

February 02, 2022

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $3,448,973 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Alabama communities and residents.  The investment will be matched by $9.6 million and will attract an additional $440 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into the Alabama Black Belt region. 

The 13 new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support workforce development in communities across the Alabama Black Belt.  These projects are expected to create or retain 1,091 jobs, train 200 individuals, and affect over 5,100 families. 

“Delta Regional Authority works to bolster community revitalization and economic prosperity within the Delta and Alabama Black Belt,” 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.”

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 Alabama and six local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.


Alabama: FY 2021 Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects – 13
  • DRA Investment – $3,448,973
  • Total Project Investment – $9,641,495
  • Additional Capital Investment – $440,000,000
  • Jobs Created – 204
  • Jobs Retained – 887
  • Individuals Trained – 200
  • Families Affected – 5,142

“Alabama is proud of our ever-important federal state partnership with the Delta Regional Authority,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “We look forward to seeing these funds positively impact and improve the lives of Alabamians across the Black Belt. With these thirteen new investment projects, communities will see improvements that are critical to economic growth throughout their areas.”

“Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have worked diligently with Delta Regional Authority to foster a strong partnership that will positively impact the lives of all Alabamians,” said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL).  “I am grateful for DRA’s continued support of sound investments in Alabama, such as these thirteen projects which seek to improve vital community infrastructure and provide opportunities for economic growth.  I look forward to the various, lasting benefits this funding will have on our state’s economy and the day-to-day lives of residents who call the Black Belt home.”

“True infrastructure investment in Alabama communities is always welcome,” said Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). “I’m glad to see funds being used toward projects that will help improve basic needs and create better environments for future opportunities for families and businesses alike.”

“As a proud daughter of Alabama’s Black Belt, I know firsthand what our communities can achieve with proper resources and investments,” said Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL 7th District).  “From improving our water and sewer systems to upgrading our transportation networks and attracting private investment, the funding announced today by the Delta Regional Authority will improve the quality of life for thousands of hard-working Alabamians across the rural Black Belt.”


The following projects were funded by CIF:

  1. City of Jackson PCA Access Road | Jackson, AL:  The City of Jackson will use DRA funds to help with the construction of industrial access road improvements to serve the Packing Corporation of America (PCA) facility.  This investment is projected to retain 500 jobs. 
    DRA Investment: $357,500
    Total Investment: $1,422,830
    Additional Capital Investment:  $440,000,000

     
  2. Project Nautilus, Phase II – Rail Transload Yard | Atmore, AL:  The City of Atmore will use DRA funds to construct a new rail transload yard to support the new peanut processing plant and other existing and new industries located in Atmore’s Industrial Park.  This investment is projected to create 150 jobs and retain 200 jobs. 
    DRA Investment: $307,071
    Total Investment: $3,066,371

     
  3.  Georgiana Water Supply Well Rehabilitation | Georgiana, AL:  The City of Georgiana will use DRA funds to improve the Mill Street Water Supply Well and the Palmer Water Supply Well in order to continue providing residents with reliable and safe water.  This investment is projected to affect 979 families.
    DRA Investment: $357,500
    Total Investment: $462,700

     
  4. South Bullock Elevated Water Storage Tank | Bullock County, AL:  The South Bullock County Water Authority will use DRA funds to construct a 250,000-gallon elevated water storage tank to eliminate the current storage capacity deficiencies in an expanding service area.  This investment is projected to affect 1,200 families.
    DRA Investment: $458,500
    Total Investment: $1,428,500

The following projects were funded by CIF and SEDAP:

  1. Camden Sewer Rehabilitation | Camden, AL:  The City of Camden will use DRA funds to replace 300 linear feet of 8-inch aerial sewer line and five manholes to eliminate significant inflow and infiltration issues.  This investment is projected to affect 622 families.
    CIF Investment: $327,260
    SEDAP Investment: $29,688
    Total DRA Investment: $356,948
    Total Investment: $356,948

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

  1. Aliceville 17th Street Improvements | Aliceville, AL:  The City of Aliceville will use DRA funds to improve 17th Street NW from 3rd Avenue to State Route 14 in order to improve road safety and access to businesses and residents.  This investment is projected to affect 54 families.
    DRA Investment: $120,000
    Total Investment: $300,000

     
  2. Carrollton Sewer System Upgrades| Carrollton, AL:  The Town of Carrollton will use DRA funds to upgrade the town’s sanitary sewer system to improve water quality and protect human health for businesses and residents.  This investment is projected to affect 363 families.
    DRA Investment: $272,794
    Total Investment: $285,019

     
  3. TekPak Access Road | Marion, AL:  The Perry County Commission will use DRA funds to help with the construction of an industrial access road improvement to serve the TEKPAK, Inc. facility.  This investment is projected to create 36 jobs and retain 149 jobs.
    DRA Investment: $206,000
    Total Investment: $818,100

     
  4. Marion Military Institute Flight Training Career Development Program | Marion, AL:  The Marion Military Institute will use DRA funds for an airplane to achieve a 3-year plan to train civilian and military pilots. 
    DRA Investment: $135,805
    Total Investment: $150,305

     
  5. City of Reform New Water Well | Reform, AL:  The City of Reform will use DRA funds to construct a new water well in order to move forward with a comprehensive upgrade to their failing public water system.  This investment is projected to create 18 jobs, retain 38 jobs, and affect 681 families. 
    DRA Investment: $250,000
    Total Investment: $657,504

     
  6. Arsenal Place Phase II | Selma, AL:  Arsenal Place will use DRA funds to complete the second floor if its 22 Church Street location, which is the hub of the organization’s workforce development programs.  This investment is projected to train 200 individuals.
    DRA Investment: $206,000
    Total Investment: $206,000

     
  7.  South Industrial Park Connector | Demopolis, AL:  The City of Demopolis will use DRA funds to establish a connector road in the South Industrial Park to help alleviate travel issues. 
    DRA Investment: $198,190
    Total Investment: $219,553

     
  8. Mexia Water System Improvements | Mexia, AL:  The Mexia Water System will use DRA funds to complete improvements to address issues identified by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.  This investment is projected to affect 850 families.
    DRA Investment: $222,665
    Total Investment: $222,665

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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