DRA Announces $1.2 Million Investment to Strengthen Kentucky’s Infrastructure

October 15, 2019

DRA’s investment will strengthen basic public infrastructure to spur economic development in communities across Kentucky

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) made a $1,195,102 investment to strengthen basic public infrastructure to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell announced.

Two new investments will provide funding for projects supporting water and sewer system expansions and transportation improvements in two communities 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. “These investments will provide much needed improvements to water and sewer systems and commercial roadways to provide greater economic opportunities for Kentucky residents and businesses.”

Funding for these projects is provided by the Community Infrastructure Fund, DRA’s secondary grant program that makes strategic investments into projects supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation improvements, and flood control. DRA coordinates directly with Kentucky’s Department for Local Government and three local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

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Kentucky’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:

“The Delta Regional Authority’s investment into Kentucky’s future is welcome news, and I’m proud to partner with local communities to make this federal funding a reality,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “As Senate Majority Leader, I’m consistently brining national attention to Kentucky’s priorities and delivering results through agencies like the DRA. These projects have the potential to continue Western Kentucky’s economic growth, giving more families in the Commonwealth the opportunity to thrive.”

“The FY19 CIF awards for projects in Morganfield and Benton will directly benefit hundreds of families. This vital funding for water and transportation infrastructure is a significant investment in Western Kentucky’s continued economic development. I thank the Delta Regional Authority for their support of these projects,” Congressman James Comer (R – 1st District) said.


  1. Union County Sewer System Replacement | Morganfield, KY: The Union County Fiscal Court will use DRA funds to replace major components of its sewer system to support residential and commercial growth in the region. This investment is projected to retain 600 jobs and impact 1,484 families who will benefit from improved water and sewer services. DRA Investment: $779,646; Total Project Investment: $919,646
  1. Marshall County Commercial Transportation Improvements | Benton, KY: The Marshall County Fiscal County will use DRA funds to make transportation improvements on the U.S. 641 South to provide safer access for commercial freight traffic. DRA Investment: $415,456; Total Project Investment: $3,515,456

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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