Delta Regional Authority Announces Technical Assistance for Workforce Development Initiative

January 16, 2020

DRA will host workshops in eight states to promote two funding opportunities that will help train the next generation of workforce, create jobs, and increase economic competitiveness throughout the region.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced the Delta Workforce Program technical assistance workshops, which will occur in each of the eight Delta states beginning February through April 2020. The Delta Workforce Program is a DRA initiative designed to support workforce training and education, build long-term community capacity, and increase economic competitiveness across the Lower Mississippi Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.

“The Delta Regional Authority is committed to investing in communities to foster comprehensive economic development by supporting job seekers, incumbent workers, and local industry,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell.  “The Delta Workforce Program technical assistance workshops are the next step in connecting our federal partners and subject matter experts to our rural communities, ensuring their access to critical resources which help strengthen their talent pipeline, create jobs, and improve quality of life throughout the Delta region.”

The dates and locations for the workshops are as followed:



February 25, 2020

Cape Girardeau, MO

February 26, 2020

Carbondale, IL

February 28, 2020

Paducah, KY

March 12, 2020

Little Rock, AR

March 13, 2020

Memphis, TN

April 2, 2020

Montgomery, AL

April 7, 2020

Monroe, LA

April 9, 2020

Jackson, MS

Individuals interested in attending must RSVP as space is limited.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), approximately $29.2 million in Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) grants will become available in March 2020 to support workforce training and education in rural communities across the Delta and Appalachian regions. To complement the federal partnership, DRA will make $1.5 million in grants available in Summer 2020 and offer post-award technical assistance to grantees.

Communities and regions that have been negatively impacted by economic transition and recovered more slowly can apply for resources to help build their workforce pipelines and strengthen their economies. The Delta Workforce Program will help support industry-driven job training and re- employment opportunities, align workforce and economic development strategies, and establish or enhance regionally significant public-private partnerships.

Additional information about the Delta Workforce Program, including important dates, technical assistance workshops, and application information, is available at

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. DRA has approved investments of more than $211 million into more than 1,200 projects. Overall, DRA investments have estimated outcomes since 2002 that will create and retain more than 60,000 jobs, train nearly 54,000 workers to advance in the 21st Century and deliver sewer and water improvements to 400,000 residents and businesses. Learn more at

Media Contact:
Shawna Blair

DRA Program Contact:
Aury Kangelos