Delta Regional Authority Invests $500,000 in Marion to Help Create 50 New Jobs, Retain More Than 400

May 17, 2018

Completes $2 Million Investment During Infrastructure Week

MARION, IL. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced that DRA will invest $500,000 in infrastructure enhancements that will create 50 news jobs and retain more than 400 permanent jobs at one of this city’s largest businesses.  The announcement highlights national Infrastructure Week in the Mississippi River Delta region.

DRA is contributing $250,000 through its States’ Economic Development Assistance Program and another $250,000 through its Community Infrastructure Fund. Both programs spur infrastructure improvements, help develop the Delta’s workforce and local businesses, and enhance regional economic opportunities.

“This investment highlights the Delta Regional Authority’s ability to focus on core strategic investments in infrastructure that help create and retain jobs that are important to rural economies,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell.  “This is a vital road expansion and improvement project that provides support across a six-county area surrounding Marion and is integral to business development.”

The City of Marion will construct a 4,097-foot extension of Halfway Road to intersect with Westminster Drive, which will also see improvements. Enhancements will include making the intersection of Halfway Road and West Main into a four-way intersection with left-turn lanes.

“This project in Marion is a great example of federal, state and local governments and private business coming together for the betterment of the community,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-LI.  “We thank the Delta Regional Authority for their continued support of the southern Illinois region."

The new extension of Halfway Road and improvement of Westminster Drive will allow a major manufacturing and distribution business to complete a $2 million investment in an expansion that will add 50 new jobs. The impact of the improvements will include Saline, Franklin, Jackson, Union, Johnson and Williamson counties, which supplies the workforce for the business.

With more than 400 employees working in shift changes, the road improvements are needed to reduce heavy traffic and give employees another point to enter and exit the facility.

Illinois’ congressional delegation issued the following statements:

“This funding will be a boost to Marion and spur job growth and economic stability throughout Illinois’ Delta region,” U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL said. “I will continue working alongside the Delta Regional Authority to ensure Illinois' communities have access to the critical federal resources they need to thrive.”

 “This funding is a critical infrastructure investment in Southern Illinois, where Marion and surrounding areas have been left behind and ignored for far too long,” U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-IL, said. “I will continue working with the Delta Regional Authority to support funding that protects American jobs and ensures hardworking Illinoisans are able to provide for their families.”

“This is a big win for jobs and economic growth in Marion,” said Congressman Mike Bost, R-IL. “Targeted investments like those announced today have helped to create and sustain thousands of jobs in our region. I look forward to continue working with DRA to build public-private partnerships and encourage economic development and job creation in Southern Illinois.”


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 invested more than $185 million into more than 1,100 projects. Overall, DRA investments have helped create and retain more than 55,000 jobs, train nearly 45,000 workers to advance in the 21st Century, and deliver sewer and water improvements to more than 238,000 residents and businesses. Learn more at

Contact: Andrew Moreau