DRA Announces $1.6 Million Investment into Illinois Communities

September 17, 2020

DRA’s investment will improve public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, and job training to support economic development in communities across southern Illinois.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced a $1,686,229 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Illinois communities and residents.  The investment will be matched by $636,472 and will attract an additional $1.5 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into southern Illinois.  

Nine new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support innovative job training in communities across Illinois.  These projects are expected to create or retain 4,223 jobs, train 290 individuals, and affect 48 families.  

“The Delta Regional Authority’s $1.6 million investment into nine critical projects will strengthen economic success in Southern Illinois by improving vital infrastructure and creating opportunities to foster workforce development,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell.  “These investments highlight the importance of local and regional public-private partnerships in realizing the long-term success of infrastructure, business, and workforce projects to spur job growth and ultimately improve business competitiveness in the region.  I would like to thank Governor Pritzker, Senator Durbin, Senator Duckworth, and Congressmen Bost and Shimkus their continued support and commitment to the Delta Regional Authority and our work to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those residing in our region.”

Funding for these projects is provided by the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which provides direct investment into community-based and regional projects to support basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce training and education, and small businesses development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, and the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF), which targets physical infrastructure projects that help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region.  DRA coordinates directly with the Office of the Governor for the State of Illinois and five local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

Illinois: 2020 Investment Snapshot

Number of Projects

DRA Investment

Total Project Investment

Additional Capital Investment

Jobs Created

Jobs Retained

Individuals Trained

Families Affected

9

$1,686,229

$2,322,701

$1,500,000

12

4,211

290

48

 

“The State of Illinois is proud to partner with the Delta Regional Authority in furthering critical infrastructure projects for our sixteen-county region in southern Illinois,” said Governor JB Pritzker (D-IL). “These latest investments compliment my administration’s enduring commitment to building stronger and more vibrant communities through Rebuild Illinois by advancing essential transportation systems, supporting basic public infrastructure, strengthening our workforce, and improving the local business environment. I applaud the Authority for their efforts which will not only enhance the infrastructure of the region, but improve quality of life and opportunity for our Illinois residents.”  

“The nine projects supported by these funds are critically important to their community’s infrastructure and economy,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). “I will continue working with the Delta Regional Authority to ensure Southern Illinois’ communities have access to these federal resources that improve quality of life and spur economic development.”

"Investments like these help communities across Southern Illinois improve workforce training, modernize infrastructure and increase healthcare access,” said U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). “I’ll continue working with the Delta Regional Authority to make sure these communities have the resources they need to strengthen their local economies.”

The following project was funded by CIF:

  1. Access Road – KRPD Baldwin Terminal | Red Bud, ILThe Kaskaskia Regional Port District will use DRA funds to build a second access road from IL-154 to the Industrial Park at the west side of the property to improve services to businesses.  This investment is projected to retain ten jobs.  

DRA Investment: $241,350

Total Investment: $643,650 

The following project was funded by CIF and SEDAP:

  1. Division Street Resurfacing and Sidewalk Project | DuQuoin, ILThe City of DuQuoin will use DRA funds to resurface Division Street between Poplar and Park Street and replace sidewalks to improve services to residents and businesses.  This investment is projected to retain 11 jobs.  

CIF Investment: $215,903

SEDAP Investment: $5,598

Total DRA Investment: $221,501

Total Investment: $245,429 

“Like many communities across the country, Southern Illinois has faced economic and financial hardship during the COVID-19 shutdown,” said Congressman Mike Bost (R-IL 12th District). “Targeted investments like these will help to create and support thousands of jobs in our region during these tough times. I look forward to working more with the Delta Regional Authority to encourage job growth and improve our infrastructure in Southern Illinois.”

“The Delta Regional Authority provides a unique and important resource for its portion of Southern Illinois,” said Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL 15th District). “These DRA-led investments will benefit the entire region.”

The following projects were funded by SEDAP:

  1. CNA Workforce Training | Carmi, ILSoutheastern Illinois College will use DRA funds to upgrade the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) lab used to train CNA students and incumbent workers.  This investment is projected to create ten jobs, retain 220 jobs, and train 180 individuals.  

DRA Investment: $24,255

Total Investment: $24,255 

  1. Industrial Park Lift Station Replacement | Marion, ILThe City of Marion will use DRA funds to replace a sewage lift station and force main in its industrial park to improve services to businesses and residents.  This investment is projected to retain 3,900 jobs and affect 28 families.  

DRA Investment: $256,500

Total Investment: $360,000 

  1. Southeastern Illinois College Advanced Virtual Reality Nursing Training | Harrisburg, ILSoutheastern Illinois College will use DRA funds to purchase new virtual reality technology and simulator system to train nursing students.  This investment is projected to retain six jobs and train 110 individuals.  

DRA Investment: $59,337

Total Investment: $110,548 

  1. Main Street Watermain Replacement | Sesser, ILThe City of Sesser will use DRA funds to replace a watermain along Illinois Route 154/Franklin Avenue to improve services to businesses and residents.  This investment is projected to affect 20 families.

DRA Investment: $221,706

Total Investment: $245,656 

  1. Yates Site Improvements | Carbondale, ILThe Southern Illinois Airport Authority will use DRA funds to make surface infrastructure improvements at Industrial Park Building 1 on airport property.  This investment is projected to create two jobs and retain two jobs.  

DRA Investment: $161,257

Total Investment: $178,557 

  1. Rough Diamond Road Project | Olmsted, ILThe Village of Olmsted will use DRA funds to make surface infrastructure improvements to E Cedar Street and Mill Road necessary to support the increase of heavy truck traffic.  This investment is projected to retain seven jobs.  

DRA Investment: $133,834

Total Investment: $1,648,117 

  1. Cottonwood Slough Levee Pump Station | Cairo, ILThe Cairo Drainage and Levee District will use DRA funds to replace two pumps in the Cottonwood Slough pump station to improve services to residents and businesses.  This investment is projected to retain 55 jobs.  

DRA Investment: $366,489

Total Investment: $366,489

 

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.