DRA Announces $1.1 Million Investment into West Tennessee Communities

October 10, 2019

DRA’s investment will strengthen basic public infrastructure, flood control and spur economic development in communities across west Tennessee

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) made a $1,116,467 investment to strengthen basic public infrastructure to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced.

Four new investments will provide funding for projects supporting water and sewer system improvements, rail spur extensions, and flood mitigation in communities across west Tennessee through DRA and other public and private resources.

“DRA’s mission is to support economic development by making investments into the physical infrastructure and human capital of the Delta region,” said Chairman Caldwell. “Not only will these investments improve water and sewer services for west Tennessee residents, they will also provide more economic opportunities for workers and job seekers and improve quality of life.”  

Funding for these projects is provided by the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program, DRA’s flagship grant program that makes strategic investments into projects supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation improvements, workforce training and education, and business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. DRA coordinates directly with Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development and three local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

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“Infrastructure creates arteries of prosperity that reach across our state and strengthen Tennessee’s economy. The Delta Regional Authority has made a wise investment in West Tennessee’s infrastructure which will not only improve the health and safety of our communities but will also spur job growth,” said Governor Bill Lee (R- TN).

Tennessee’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:

"This $1 million federal grant will bring more jobs, cleaner drinking water and safer communities to West Tennessee,” said U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN). “Delta Regional Authority grant are funded by the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee I chair, and every year, we work to fund the Authority’s important work. Congratulations to Governor Lee on today's news, which will help many Tennessee families.”

“The Delta Regional Authority’s $1.1 million investment in these four west Tennessee communities will both grow the economy and improve quality of life,” said Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). “As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, I understand the importance of these investments, and I applaud this great partnership between the DRA and the Department of Economic and Community Development.”

“This announcement is good news for the economy in West Tennessee.  Not only will these investments create more jobs, but it will also strengthen our infrastructure systems.  I appreciate the Delta Regional Authority and its support of West Tennessee communities,” said Congressman David Kustoff (R – 8th District).


  1. Lexington Sewer System Improvements | Lexington, TN: The City of Lexington will use DRA funds to improve the local sewer facilities to increase the system’s capacity by eliminating areas of significant infiltration and inflow. This investment is projected to impact 2,850 families who will benefit from improved water and sewer services. DRA Investment: $307,000; Total Project Investment: $1,145,200
  1. Scotts Hill Water System Enhancements | Scotts Hill, TN: The Town of Scotts Hill will use DRA funds to replace the existing water system controls with modernized equipment to improve the current conditions of the system’s telemetry. This investment is projected to impact 1,726 families who will benefit from improved water and sewer services DRA Investment: $370,428; Total Project Investment: $400,428
  1. Gibson County Rail Spur Extension | Milan, TN: Gibson County will use DRA funds to construct a rail spur to support the expansion of Hargett Materials and other industrial facilities in the area. This investment is projected to create 40 new jobs and retain 30. DRA Investment: $218,039
  1. Rives Flood Control Improvements | Rives, TN: The Town of Rives will use DRA funds to improve the existing flood mitigation measures by installing a new culvert, flap gates, and conveyance improvements. This investment is projected to retain three jobs. DRA Investment: $221,000

About the Delta Regional Authority

Established in 2000 by Congress, the Delta Regional Authority makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities. Led by the Delta Regional Authority Board-comprised of the Federal Co-Chairman, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and the governors of the eight states-the Delta Regional Authority fosters local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and the quality of life for Delta residents. The Delta Regional Authority works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region.

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