Delta Regional Authority Announces $4 Million Investment into 16 Louisiana Projects

September 29, 2022

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $4,093,054 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Louisiana communities and residents. The investment will be matched by $3.6 million and will attract an additional $150,000 in leveraged private investment (LPI) into Louisiana.

The 16 new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support business development and job training in communities across Louisiana. These projects are expected to create or retain 337 jobs, train 250 individuals, and affect over 10,000 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 $4 million investment into 16 Louisiana economic development projects will help boost Louisiana 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 Louisiana and its local development districts for program funding implementation.

Louisiana: FY 2022 Investment Snapshot 

  • Number of Projects: 16
  • DRA Investment: $4,093,054
  • Total Project Investment: $7,731,069
  • Additional Capital Investment: $150,000
  • Jobs Created: 25
  • Jobs Retained: 312
  • Individuals Trained: 250
  • Families Affected: 10,380

“Gainful employment solves many issues that confront Louisiana families.  These 16 grants and $4 million will help improve infrastructure, invigorate our communities, increase jobs and support more business growth in Louisiana in general and the Mississippi Delta in particular,” said Gov. John Bel Edward. “Our administration has partnered with our local, state and DRA partners to best utilize these funding opportunities to provide additional programs, and I look forward to continuing our great working relationships to further strengthen our communities.”

“This investment is a win for our workforce and a win for Louisiana’s infrastructure,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure bill, more funding will head our way creating good-paying jobs, improving roads, and protecting our communities from storms.”

“These investments from the Delta Regional Authority will support much-needed infrastructure projects in rural Louisiana. This includes funding to improve water infrastructure in Parks, which is welcome news for St. Martin Parish,” said Congressman Clay Higgins.

“These substantial investments in the Fifth District will have a tremendous impact in our rural communities. I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Wiggins and the Delta Regional Authority to bring home even more critical funding for our region,” said Congresswoman Julia Letlow.

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

  1. Village of Forest Water Line | Forest, LA: The Village of Forest will use DRA funds to replace water lines to eliminate a system failure. This investment is projected to affect 610 families.
    • DRA Investment: $293,212
    • Total Investment: $325,037
  2. Infrastructure Improvements to Riverton Campground Road | Columbia, LA: The Columbia Port Commission will use DRA funds to improve Riverton Campground Road, a substandard two-lane asphalt road serving as the only access road for the Columbia Port Commission. This investment is projected to create 5 jobs and retain 5 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $508,910
    • Total Investment: $2,363,610
    • Additional Capital Investment: $150,000
  3. Patterson Street Pump Station Improvements | Jonesboro, LA: The Town of Jonesboro will use DRA funds to replace a deteriorated existing 83,000 gallon ground storage tank and to make pump station improvements at the Patterson Street Pump Station. This investment is projected to affect 1,600 families.
    • DRA Investment: $228,400
    • Total Investment: $319,900
  4. 318 Rural Industry Supplemental Enhancement Project (318 RISE) | Monroe, LA: The Workforce Development Board SDA-83, Inc. will use DRA funds to provide training for 20 new jobs converting diesel powered trains, buses, and trolleys to electric thus developing a newly skilled green workforce for RailCar Co. in Madison Parish. This investment is projected to train 20 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $291,397
    • Total Investment: $367,354
  5. Springhill Water Distribution Upgrades | Springhill, LA: The City of Springhill will use DRA funds to replace the existing water main along Maple Street and a portion of 2nd St. NE and 3rd St. NE and replace three fire hydrants and three gate valves. This investment is projected to affect 18 families.
    • DRA Investment: $205,940
    • Total Investment: $255,940
  6. Town of Wisner – Economic Development Street Improvements | Wisner, LA: The Town of Wisner will use DRA funds to rehabilitate 570 feet of Watson Street, which serves critical care facilities and reconstruct 760 feet of Maple Street, which serves retail businesses. This investment is projected to retain 258 jobs and affect 2,859 families.
    • DRA Investment: $276,142
    • Total Investment: $283,642
  7. City of Tallulah – Dabney Street Rehabilitation | Tallulah, LA: The City of Tallulah will use DRA funds to place asphaltic concrete on Dabney Street from U.S. 65/S. Chestnut Street to Elm Street.
    • DRA Investment: $165,000
    • Total Investment: $183,050
  8. Corney Water System, Inc. – Ground Storage Tank Replacement | Lillie, LA: The Corney Water System, Inc. will use DRA funds to replace a ground storage tank that has out-served its useful life. This investment is projected to affect 83 families.
    • DRA Investment: $213,009
    • Total Investment: $246,009
  9. Propeller Core Water Programming Administration | New Orleans, LA: The Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans, Inc. will use DRA funds to continue to provide technical assistance for ventures and lead advocacy efforts to increase equitable procurement for BIPOC contractors in green infrastructure and flood control. This investment is projected to create 20 jobs and retain 49 jobs.
    • DRA Investment: $200,000
    • Total Investment: $712,000
  10. Sankofa Green Workforce Project | New Orleans, LA: The Sankofa Community Development Corporation will use DRA funds to provide green infrastructure job training, ecology education, job readiness, and Clean Water Certificate training for 60 adults. This investment is projected to train 60 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $150,000
    • Total Investment: $165,000
  11. IDEAfuel | New Orleans, LA: The IDEA Village will use DRA funds to create an intensive, 6-month mentorship program for high-potential, tech enabled BIPOC-led startups.
    • DRA Investment: $278,343
    • Total Investment: $308,593
  12. Business Innovation Center | Monroe, LA: The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation will use DRA funds to develop the Business Innovation Center (BIC) business incubator.
    • DRA Investment: $144,343
    • Total Investment: $159,343
  13. Adult Rapid Reskill Program | New Orleans, LA: The New Orleans Career Center will use DRA funds to implement its Adult Rapid Reskill Program which provides an accelerated certification and employment program within the healthcare industry. This investment is projected to train 150 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $155,445
    • Total Investment: $305,445
  14. Northeast Louisiana Electrical Apprenticeship Rural Network | Monroe, LA: The Workforce Development Board SDA-83, Inc. will use DRA funds to expand apprenticeship opportunities for residents of Northeast Louisiana Delta communities to successfully navigate the workforce pipeline and into career placement. This investment is projected to train 20 individuals.
    • DRA Investment: $523,439
    • Total Investment: $734,672
  15. Village of Parks Water Well | Parks, LA: The Village of Parks will use DRA funds to supply a much-needed new water well which serves over 5,000 customers throughout the St. Martin Parish area. This investment is projected to affect 5,000 families.
    • DRA Investment: $256,435
    • Total Investment: $768,435
  16. Cheneyville Sewer Lift Station Rehabilitation | Cheneyvilile, LA: The Town of Cheneyville will use DRA funds to rehabilitate six sewer lift stations in the Town’s sewer collection system to assist them with reshoring basic infrastructure. This investment is projected to affect 210 families.
    • DRA Investment: $203,039
    • Total Investment: $233,039

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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.

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