Delta Regional Authority Invests More Than $370,000 in EutawSeptember 05, 2018
EUTAW, AL. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced that it will invest $372,425 in infrastructure improvements in Eutaw. The investment will extend Eutaw’s existing sewer collection system to support construction of a new travel stop at exit 40 of Interstate 20/59 and create 43 new jobs.
“DRA’s investment in Eutaw will ensure new jobs and will improve economic development in Greene County,” said DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell. “This project is a great example of the investments we’re making across the region that engage our rural communities and grow our economy.”
The 13.9-acre travel stop will contain a retail store, tire shop, restaurant and an 84-truck parking facility. The business projects to see about 1,000 trucks per day and create 43 new jobs.
“Creating new jobs and opening the way for commerce in Alabama’s Black Belt is not only a priority of my administration but a personal passion,” said Gov. Kay Ivey, R-AL. “I am pleased to join the DRA in support of this project and pleased that the potential along that stretch of Interstate 20/59 is being realized.”
DRA’s investment is part of its States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which is the agency’s primary investment program focused on enhancing economic development in rural areas. The investment includes infrastructure improvements such as new sewer lines to reach the facility. Additionally, construction of a new lift station will pump sewage to city facilities for treatment.
Alabama’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:
“This investment highlights DRA’s continued dedication to Alabama’s rural communities,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL. “The water infrastructure funding will aid in the construction of a major retail business in Greene County, create jobs, and promote economic growth throughout the area. I commend Chairman Caldwell and his staff for their work and look forward to the new jobs and improvements that will stem from this important project.”
“By investing in Eutaw’s wastewater infrastructure, the Delta Regional Authority will support 43 new jobs and expand economic development opportunities in the area, starting with the new travel stop,” said U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-AL. This is great news for Greene County and a testament to the strong partnership the DRA has built with local communities in Alabama.”
“I am thrilled to see the Delta Regional Authority invest in infrastructure that will strengthen our economy and kickstart job growth in Greene County,” said Rep. Terri Sewell, (AL-07). “Investments like these pave the way for more business in our small communities and better jobs and better wages for our rural families. For every $1 we invest in public infrastructure, we generate another $3 in economic activity. Thank you to the Delta Regional Authority for partnering with Greene County on this strategic investment.”
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 dra.gov.
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