Delta Regional Authority Announces $4.6 Million Investment into Mississippi Communities

February 22, 2022

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

CLARKSDALE, MS – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced a $4,696,894 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Mississippi Delta communities and residents.  The investment will be matched by $6.8 million and will attract an additional $67.2 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into Mississippi. 

The 14 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 1,044 jobs, train 30 individuals, and affect over 3,000 families. 

“Born and raised along the Mississippi River, I know firsthand how vital the Delta Regional Authority’s ability to bolster community revitalization and economic prosperity within the Delta and Alabama Black Belt is,” 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 and foster future growth.  I want to thank Governor Reeves and the Mississippi Congressional Delegation for their continued partnership as we work to level the playing field for our citizens.”

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

Mississippi: FY 2021 Investment Snapshot

  • Number of Projects: 14
  • DRA Investment: $4,696,894
  • Total Project Investment: $11,549,070
  • Additional Capital Investment: $67,287,500
  • Jobs Created: 998
  • Jobs Retained: 46
  • Individuals Trained: 30
  • Families Affected: 3,000

“The Mississippi Delta is a key component of my plan to increase economic development within our state,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “By investing in the Delta’s infrastructure and workforce, we will drive new capital investment to the region and improve the quality of life of its residents. With these projects, we’re taking additional steps towards accomplishing that mission. I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Delta Regional Authority on this incredibly important endeavor.”

“The Delta Regional Authority is an important partner for Mississippi communities working to improve their infrastructure and spark economic development,” U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said. “These investment projects, especially in water and wastewater infrastructure, will help enrich the lives of thousands of Mississippians across our state.”

“I appreciate that the DRA is using these appropriated funds for a broad scope of projects, from basic infrastructure and drainage to first responder equipment and facility improvements.  Most important are the numbers behind these projects, the more than 1,000 jobs they will support and the estimated 3,000 Delta families whose wellbeing will be improved,” said U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“It is an honor to receive the funds allocated to my district. The States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) grant will provide help to the cities by constructing and improving the drainage system, rehabilitating the stormwater control, initiating and completing and the expansion of Milwaukee Tool and much more. I will continue to work with Mississippi leaders to improve infrastructure by working with constituents to ensure the stability of roads, bridges, and other structures,” said Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-02).

“Mississippi’s growth as a major economic player in the country and across the globe would not be possible without the hard work of people who call our state home, and organizations like the DRA give Mississippians the resources they need to thrive,” Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the DRA to expand the economic capacity of our state and to make it an even better place for people to live, worship, and raise a family.”

“As a senior Appropriator in the House of Representatives, it is one of my great responsibilities to help direct federal investments in Mississippi infrastructure. I am proud to join the Delta Regional Authority and my colleagues in the Mississippi delegation to announce this vital investment. This SEDAP grant directly supports our small businesses and invests in the development of our workforce, a combination for success in our great state,” said Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-04).


The following projects were funded by CIF:

Batesville Sewer Improvement Project | Batesville, MS:  The City of Batesville will use DRA funds to increase capacity and functionality of the Martin Luther King Ave. sewer system by rehabilitating the lift station and rerouting pipes.  This investment is projected to create 35 jobs, retain five jobs, and affect 847 families.

DRA Investment: $569,600
Total Investment: $1,511,384
Additional Capital Investment:  $5,000,000

Clarksdale Sasse Street Drainage Improvement Project | Clarksdale, MS:  The City of Clarksdale will use DRA funds to construct improvements to the drainage system for the Sasse Community to benefit businesses and residents of the area.  This investment is projected to affect 863 families.

DRA Investment: $560,914
Total Investment: $1,154,847

Town of Louin Water System Improvement | Louin, MS:  The Town of Louin will use DRA funds to address the problems associated with the deficiencies in the water distribution system, including old, galvanized steel and small water lines.  This investment is projected to affect 198 families.

DRA Investment: $213,474
Total Investment: $238,474

Jonestown 2021 Flooding & Drainage Improvements | Jonestown, MS:  The Town of Jonestown will use DRA funds to rehabilitate the stormwater control system in the Parks neighborhood.  This investment is projected to affect 100 families.

DRA Investment: $256,500
Total Investment: $256,500

Milwaukee Tool Expansion | Grenada, MS:  Grenada County will use DRA funds to initiate and complete the expansion of Milwaukee Tool.  This investment is projected to create 800 jobs.

DRA Investment: $509,000
Total Investment: $1,132,315
Additional Capital Investment:  $60,000,000


The following project was funded by CIF and SEDAP:

Tunica 2021 Beatline Road Improvements | Tunica, MS:  The Town of Tunica will use DRA funds to rehabilitate the storm sewer system serving a large drainage basin impacting a local hotel, a large residential district, and a few small businesses.  This investment is projected to affect 200 families.

DRA CIF Investment: $125,993
DRA SEDAP Investment: $108,035
Total Investment: $234,028


The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

Madison County Mega Site Access Road Completion | Canton, MS:  The Madison County Economic Development Agency will use DRA funds to complete an access road at the Madison County Mega Site to extend from the current 3 lanes to 5 lanes paved. 

DRA Investment: $450,000
Total Investment: $758,500

Pope Sewer Improvement Project | Pope, MS:  The Town of Pope will use DRA funds to modify the existing sewer system serving the Pope School to eliminate persistent backups.  This investment is projected to affect 42 families.

DRA Investment: $145,804
Total Investment: $145,804

Jasper County Industrial Road | Bay Springs, MS:  The Jasper County Board of Supervisors will use DRA funds to pave an industrial road for new companies.  This investment is projected to create 23 jobs and retain three jobs.

DRA Investment: $105,000
Total Investment: $120,000
Additional Capital Investment:  $200,000

Rosedale Water Tank Improvements II | Rosedale, MS:  The City of Rosedale will use DRA funds to make additional repairs to the water tank interior.  This investment is projected to affect 750 families.

DRA Investment: $207,258
Total Investment: $207,258

Cary Fire Station | Cary, MS:  The Town of Cary will use DRA funds to build a state-of-the-art fire station to house its two firetrucks and a tanker. 

DRA Investment: $250,000
Total Investment: $256,000

Delta Health – Highland Hills Hospital Improvement Project | Senatobia, MS:  Delta Health System will use DRA funds to make operational improvements with the purchase of equipment for the Highland Hills hospital.  This investment is projected to create 80 jobs and retain 15 jobs.

DRA Investment: $433,250
Total Investment: $3,433,250

Falco Chemical Job Retention Project | Vicksburg, MS:  The Warren County Port Commission will use DRA funds to repair a county owned levee at the Port of Vicksburg.  This investment is projected to retain 18 jobs.

DRA Investment: $303,566
Total Investment: $336,522

Coahoma County Ilex Management Facility Improvements Project | Clarksdale, MS:  Coahoma County will use DRA funds to renovate an existing county-owned building to provide an adequate facility for a new industrial business.  This investment is projected to create 60 jobs and train 30 individuals.

DRA Investment: $458,500
Total Investment: $1,732,880
Additional Capital Investment:  $2,087,500


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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