DRA Announces $1.3 Million Investment into Kentucky Communities

October 08, 2019

DRA’s investment will improve public infrastructure, job training, and healthcare access to support economic development in communities across Kentucky

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) made a $1,270,726 investment that will strengthen public infrastructure and train the next generation of workforce to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced.

Six new investments will provide funding for projects supporting water and sewer system improvements, innovative job training programs, and crucial healthcare services in communities across Kentucky 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, medical facilities, and industry-driven workforce training programs to provide greater economic opportunities for Kentucky residents and businesses.”

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 the Kentucky’s Department for Local Government and three local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

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“We are grateful to the DRA for its longstanding commitment to supporting economic development in the Delta region,” said Governor Matt Bevin (R-KY). “This significant investment in six projects will help fund critical services and address infrastructure needs, affecting hundreds of families. We are excited to once again partner with the DRA to continue moving Kentucky forward.”

Kentucky’s congressional delegation issued the following statements:

“Each of these FY19 SEDAP awards will greatly benefit several counties I represent in Western Kentucky. These investments are invaluable to job growth and economic development for these communities. I look forward continuing to work with the Delta Regional Authority to secure funding crucial to the 1st District’s workforce, healthcare system and public infrastructure,” Congressman James Comer (R- 1st District) said.


  1. Dawson Springs Wastewater System Improvements | Dawson Springs, KY: The City of Dawson Springs will use DRA funds to rehabilitate its wastewater collection system and treatment plant to improve utility services for local residents and businesses. This investment is projected to impact 717 families who will benefit from improved water and sewer services. DRA Investment: $408,000; Total Project Investment: $2,008,000
  1. Morganfield Water System Replacement | Morganfield, KY: The City of Morganfield will use DRA funds to replace the water main servicing the central business district along East Main Street, the primary corridor into the city. This investment is projected to impact 60 families who will benefit from improved water and sewer services. DRA Investment: $256,500; Total Project Investment: $387,065
  1. Webster County Workforce Training Equipment | Dixon, KY: Webster County will use DRA funds to purchase new equipment for the Webster County Area Technical School to enhance workforce training instruction for students enrolled in manufacturing, industrial, and CAD-related fields. This investment is projected to train 364 individuals for in-demand careers. DRA Investment: $252,221; Total Project Investment: $376,721
  1. Hopkins County Broadband Expansion | Madisonville, KY: The Hopkins County Fiscal Court will use DRA funds to place six broadband communication stations on existing utility towers to extend internet service to rural areas throughout the county. DRA Investment: $155,500; Total Project Investment: $308,500
  1. Madisonville CDL Training Program | Madisonville, KY: Madisonville Community College will use DRA funds to deliver a four-week course to prepare students for CDL licensure and meet the needs of regional industry seeking to hire credentialed truck drivers. This investment is projected to train 105 individuals for in-demand careers. DRA Investment: $143,380; Total Project Investment: $363,685
  1. Paducah Medical Facility Renovation | Paducah, KY: Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital will use DRA funds to retrofit an existing medical facility to provide staff and patients with a centralized location for the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals suffering from epileptic seizures. This investment is projected to create two new jobs and retain three. DRA Investment: $55,125; Total Project Investment: $352,625

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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