Delta Regional Authority Invests nearly $1 Million to Strengthen Illinois’ Economy, Infrastructure

October 10, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Il.  – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Chairman Chris Caldwell and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced that DRA will invest nearly $1 million to improve infrastructure, build a new healthcare facility and enhance workforce training and development in Illinois. DRA’s investments, along with other public and private partners, will bring a total of $9.2 million in new investments to Illinois.

“Investing in critical infrastructure improvements that support economic development and job growth efforts in the Delta region are the foundation of DRA’s work in the region,” Caldwell said. “These investments in Illinois will help create and retain jobs, and train more than 225 workers and students for employment opportunities with local industries.”

DRA’s investments in Illinois will support aviation expansion, workforce training and development, storm water infrastructure improvements and healthcare growth.

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

“Infrastructure investments are essential in promoting workforce development, better healthcare, and job growth all across Southern Illinois,” said U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-IL. “Communities throughout Illinois rely on federal funding like this to rebuild their infrastructure and boost economic development, and I’m proud to be working with Delta Regional Authority to make sure they receive these investments.”

“Illinois is proud to partner with the Delta Regional Authority in job creation, economic development and infrastructure improvements,” said Gov. Rauner, R-IL. “DRA investments will help the state remain competitive by ensuring that we have good paying jobs right here in Illinois. The returns that this $1 million program produces are well worth it.”

Illinois’ congressional delegation issued the following statements:

“We’re looking at almost $10 million in investment in things Southern Illinois desperately needs: new infrastructure, job training, and new healthcare facilities,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12). “I’ve long supported DRA and its mission to create economic stability and spur job growth in Southern Illinois and the surrounding region. These targeted investments have been proven to create and sustain thousands of jobs in the region. I look forward to continue working with DRA to enhance these public-private partnerships and encourage economic growth and job creation here in Southern Illinois.”

“With more jobs available than we have qualified workers to fill them, federal investments in workforce development are needed now more than ever,” said U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (Il-15). “Additional DRA-led investments in infrastructure and healthcare will benefit the entire region.”

The investments are made through DRA’s States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business and entrepreneurship projects. Part of the Cairo investment is supported through DRA’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

Illinois economic development projects:

  1. CITY OF CARBONDALE: New aviation jobs. DRA Investment: $256,565. Total Investment: $5.3 million. The Southern Illinois Airport Authority will use DRA funds to design and construct two hangar buildings to house operations for aviation companies. The airport is out of hangar space, limiting economic development opportunities and job growth. Aviation companies provide training and job opportunities for area residents and students from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The project will create 15 new jobs.
  2. CITY OF CAIRO: Infrastructure improvements. DRA Investment: $225,706. Total Investment: $474,512. The city will use DRA funds to install two new pumps in the 10th Street Pump Station, restoring 40% of the capacity at the facility. The 10th Street station is now inoperable, putting stress on Cairo’s entire storm water pumping capacity. As a result, many areas of the city suffer from flooding during heavy rainfall. DRA will fund the project with $55,706 from its CIF program, while the remainder will be SEDAP funds.
  3. CITY OF CARTERVILLE: Workforce training and development. DRA Investment: $150,000. Total Investment: $160,000. John A. Logan College will use DRA funds to purchase welding simulators to help train students for future job opportunities and to help incumbent workers maintain or upgrade their skills. The workforce training effort will create job opportunities in the local manufacturing and machine shop industries. About 127 individuals will be trained.
  4. CITY OF RED BUD: Existing business expansion. DRA Investment: $140,139. Total Investment: $559,594. The Kaskaskia Regional Port District will use DRA funds to build an access road and repair a rail crossing to support expansion of a manufacturing business. The upgrades will accommodate additional truck traffic in the industrial park. The business, which produces flat rolled metals, will add 10 new jobs.
  5. CITY OF PINCKNEYVILLE: New healthcare facility. DRA Investment: $129,646. Total Investment: $2.6 million. Pinckneyville Community Hospital will use DRA funds to build a new facility that will centralize all hospital services and personnel onto one modern campus, allowing the healthcare facility to expand its programs and create greater efficiencies. The hospital will create one new job and retain eight others through wellness programs that include physical, occupational and speech therapy, sleep study testing, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, and an aquatic swimming pool.
  6. CITY OF Harrisburg: Workforce training and development. DRA Investment: $90,952. Total Investment: $106,952. Southeastern Illinois College will use DRA funds to purchase new fire equipment that will be used to train students and local mine employees in up-to-date fire science techniques. About 100 individuals will be trained through the school’s Fire Science & Mine Rescue Safety Program.

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